NPR logo Hopkinson Smith, Live at NPR

Hopkinson Smith, Live at NPR

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

Hear Hopkinson Smith Live

Only Available in Archive Formats.

Hopkinson Smith hide caption

toggle caption

CD cover for Pierre Attaingant hide caption

toggle caption

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.

This item is available for purchase online. Your purchase helps support NPR.

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)