The Lute in the Dutch Golden Age: Musical Culture in the Netherlands 1580-1670

By Jan W. J. Burgers

The lute’s cultural effect during the Dutch Golden Age will be in comparison to that of the piano within the nineteenth century. It was once the common tool for solo music-making, in addition to in ensembles and to accompany singers, quite often linked to the social elite - the aristocracy and the wealthy burghers. This richly illustrated e-book is the 1st to exhibit recognized and vague lutenists, specialist musicians and amateurs, the lute tune in books and manuscripts, the lute makers and the foreign lute alternate, whereas additionally exploring where of the software within the Dutch literature and paintings of the interval.

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We all know that Prince Frederik Hendrik, son of William of Orange, had lute classes from Joachim van den Hove, possibly while he was once learning at Leiden college. Van den Hove and his colleague, Nicolaes Vallet, devoted guides to Frederik Hendrik and his elder brother, Maurits. Following the great instance of the well-to-do, burghers, too, felt musical schooling was once virtually a prerequisite for a socially profitable lifestyles. Lute classes frequently shaped a part of such an schooling, as we all know from the instance of Constantijn Huygens, who had viol, lute and harpsichord classes at a truly soft age; we are going to come again to this later.

This discovery used to be made during an in depth palaeographic research of the ebook, which ascertained that the full paintings used to be written by way of one and an analogous individual – i. e. Smout – and never, as past researchers inspiration, by means of 3 or 4 diversified palms. the variations in writing happened simply because Smout saved including items to the e-book over many years, in 3 very specified classes of his lifestyles. The items from the 1st interval are written for a six- or seven-course lute, whereas the song from the later sessions calls for a ten-course tool.

In an Amsterdam ordinance of 1629, released less than the bankruptcy Tegens Hoererije, Bordeelen en Dansscholen [Against Whoredom, Brothels and Dance Schools], married humans, younger or outdated, person, have been forbidden to go to dance colleges simply because ‘there, the door is open large to every kind of unchastity’ (een ruyme deure geopent notice tot alre-handen onkuysheden); a similar prohibition additionally involved single girls, in order that in perform simply single males have been allowed to bop. but representations of dance colleges convey a sublime public of either sexes fascinated about dancing and, it has to be acknowledged, additionally with flirting.

Back, Constantijn used to be so adept at it that inside months he used to be in a position to play ‘all forms of tune with practically incredible loveliness and effortlessness, either solo and in ensemble’. as soon as whilst he was once allowed to play in the course of a musical consultation, led through Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, on the residence of the Jean Calandrini in Amsterdam, in his overconfidence he raised his eyes momentarily from the web page, which prompted him to lose his position. triumph over through embarrassment he didn't have the ability to choose up the thread, in order that he burst into tears and refused to play on.

A widely known instance of the sort of lute e-book is the well-known Thysius Lute ebook, so one can be mentioned intimately in a while. In Huygens’ autobiography, written in Latin verse in 1678, we examine his musical actions in his pupil days in Leiden in 1616-1617: therefore hurrying on (though I by no means short-changed the Muses and Apollo whilst a few verses rushed prior, or whereas taking part in track jointly in our spare time, or whilst between pals I touched the string of the loved lute, or bowed the mellifluous viol with quickly bow, or struck the steel strings of the loud-sounding harpsichord, even though the paintings had lengthy handed its preliminary stages), […] expert lutenists chanced on benefactors between scholars and younger fans from filthy rich backgrounds.

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