Continuo Playing on Theorbo, Lute and Baroque Guitar with Lukas Henning

French Theorbo - Photo: Wolfgang Emmerich

11-12 May 2019

Basso Continuo Workshop with French music by Jean-Baptise Lully & André Danican Philidor

Ceremonial and orchestral music from the French court composed and collected by Jean-Baptiste Lully (1632-1687) and André Danican Philidor (1647-1730). Players of  lutes, theorbos and Baroque guitars are welcome.

Lully's orchestra was build from all sizes, lutes, theorbos, guitars, string and woodwind instruments. For court entertainments the musicians played in the palaces, the gardens and for opera performances. We have selected a wide range of pieces including the famous 'Chaconne' and the 'Marche pour la Cérémonie des Turcs' from 'Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme', the 'Passacaille' and the 'Sarabande' from 'Armide' and the all time favorite 'Les folies d'Espagne'.

Parallel to this workshop with Lukas Henning there is a workshop for woodwind and string players. In the afternoons we join forces and play this wonderfull music together.

We work at the modern neo-baroque standard pitch of 415 Hz, since most players will have instruments at this pitch, even though it is quite different from French pitch. In Versailles the chamber-pitch was around 400 Hz and the opera-pitch somewhat below 390 Hz. There will be a chance to recreate this in our Summer School 2020, dedicated exclusivly to French music.


Lukas Henning studied at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, a leading research and teaching institution on the field of historically informed performance practice, where he received his Master of Arts - degree in 2016. He specialises on the Lute and Theorbo, which he studied under Hopkinson Smith. He received additional teaching from various influential scholars and performers, such as Crawford Young, Jesper Christensen or Anthony Rooley. Since 2011 Lukas Henning has been performing throughout central and northern Europe.

He created me:mo, a website for art & music with regular episodes on Renaissance lute music.


The lute workshops start on Friday night with a mini-recital by Lukas Henning. Guest s are welcome. A donation equal to a normal concert ticket is asked for. Please send an e-mail if you plan to come. No walk ins!