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Early-Music Virtuoso Performs 16th-Century Solo Lute Music

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From his visit to NPR in 2002, early-music string virtuoso Hopkinson Smith performs music first published in 16th-Century France for solo lute. He also talks with NPR's Fred Child about the instrument's history and significance.

Smith came to NPR just after releasing his CD Pierre Attaingnant, a collection of 16th-Century songs written for solo lute and published in 1530 by France's royal printer, Pierre Attaingnant.

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A playlist of the music he performed at NPR is below, including a last track written by 16th-century, British lute master John Dowland.

-"Free Prelude"

-"Destre Amoreux"

-"Bransle de Poictou"

-"Le Jaulne et Blanc"

-"La Magdalena"


-"Dream" (Dowland)



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