Lute

Lute by Bob van der Kerckhove - Photo: André Wagenzik
Description: 
Very nice bass lute from the early 16th century.
Model: 
lute in d after Laux Maler, Bologna, c.1520, GMN, Nürnberg, Germany and Musée de la Musique, Paris, France

If you put all music written for lute on one pile and all the music written for keyboard instruments on another pile, there would be much more music for the lute!

As a teenager I went to Julian Bream concerts, who played lute on the first half of the program and guitar after the interval. He inspired many to pick up this wonderful instrument. My favorites are Christopher Wilson, Shirley Rumsey and Toyohiko Satoh.

The lute offered me a new way to get deeper into the music. I started to write my own intavolations from Josquin Masses and got new insights into the production process of music when composers were lute players or singers. This instrument was so common and so much in demand, that a workshop like the one by Laux Maler contained over 1000 unfinished shells when he died.

The first instrument I ever started to learn as a child was the guitar. From there to the lute is not such a long way, but it took me decades. Not until I said to myself, that it is absolute nonsense to play Renaissance music all the time but not being able to read or play from tabulature.
My friend Knut Trautvetter, with whom I've been doing concerts for the past 20 years, offered me lessons, I got a re-tuned guitar and started.... and began to look around on instrument exhibitions. In Regensburg I met Bob van de Kerckhove. Or better I noticed his instruments. After looking at early instruments for half a century I have a seventh sense for quality and I just looked at the shell of his 6 course Renaissance lute and knew 'that's it!'. Unfortunately he had sold it 10 minutes before and I had to wait. He brought my instrument to Berlin a few month later and we planed the next. Since I want to accompany myself and my voice is that of a bass baritone, I needed a 16th century lute in d. Quickly we agreed on the Laux Maler and Bob went to Paris and Nürnberg to do the research. It turned out wonderful. Time to make further plans....

Lute by Bob van der Kerckhove - Photo: André Wagenzik
Lute by Bob van der Kerckhove - Photo: André Wagenzik
Lute by Bob van der Kerckhove - Photo: André Wagenzik
Lute by Bob van der Kerckhove - Photo: André Wagenzik
Lute by Bob van der Kerckhove - Photo: André Wagenzik