Lute in the Dutch Golden Age
Musical Culture in the Netherlands
Author: Jan W.J. Burgers
Publisher/Date: Amsterdam University Press (c. 2013) from the Amsterdam Studies in the Dutch Golden Age
Format/Condition: New hardcover book in Fine condition. 262 pages, index. Dimensions: 7 1/2 x 10 inches. Illustrated in black-and-white and color.
Description: The lute’s cultural impact throughout the Dutch Golden Age can be compared to that of the piano in the 19th century. It was the universal instrument for solo music-making, as well as in ensembles and to accompany singers, mainly associated with the social elite - the aristocracy and the prosperous burghers.
This richly illustrated book is the first to showcase famous and obscure lutenists, professional musicians and amateurs, the lute music in books and manuscripts, the lute makers and the international lute trade, while also exploring the place of the instrument in the Dutch literature and art of the period.