The Lute in the Dutch Golden Age: Musical Culture in the by Jan W. J. Burgers

By Jan W. J. Burgers

The lute’s cultural effect through the Dutch Golden Age may be in comparison to that of the piano within the nineteenth century. It used to be the common tool for solo music-making, in addition to in ensembles and to accompany singers, customarily linked to the social elite - the aristocracy and the filthy rich burghers. This richly illustrated e-book is the 1st to exhibit well-known and vague lutenists, expert musicians and amateurs, the lute tune in books and manuscripts, the lute makers and the overseas lute alternate, whereas additionally exploring where of the software within the Dutch literature and paintings of the interval.

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More interesting are the three manuscripts mentioned: one manuscript in two parts, apparently written in London in 1583, with intabulations of vocal music for two lutes (Bassus and Superius), and two books with psalms and various songs (‘cantilenae’) set for lute and copied by Marnix himself. So he not only played the lute, he also intabulated sacred and secular songs for the instrument. That aspect of his artistry has remained underexposed so far. 34 prelude: the lute in the netherlands before 1600 chapter 2 Hendrik Bary, Portrait of Philips Marnix van Sint-Aldegonde.

So he not only played the lute, he also intabulated sacred and secular songs for the instrument. That aspect of his artistry has remained underexposed so far. 34 prelude: the lute in the netherlands before 1600 chapter 2 Hendrik Bary, Portrait of Philips Marnix van Sint-Aldegonde. Engraving, 1671 35 chapter 2 the lute in the dutch golden age Catalogue of the library of Marnix van Sint-Aldegonde, 1599, f. [H]v-[H2], with the music books section It is not clear which Venetian lute books from 1546 and 1554 Marnix possessed.

He was an associate of William of Orange, also known as William the Silent, leader of the Revolt against the Spanish. Nowadays Marnix’s fame rests on the supposition that he wrote the text of what is now the Dutch national anthem, the Wilhelmus; however, his authorship is anything but undisputed. When he died in Leiden in 1598, Marnix left a library of 1,600 titles, which in those days was a very large collection for a private person. In 1599, the books were sold at the house of his widow, and a catalogue was published for the occasion: the first known printed auction catalogue.

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