Listen: Hear Hopkinson Smith Live
CD cover for Pierre Attaingant
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.
A playlist of the music he performed at NPR is below, including a last track written by 16th-century, British lute master John Dowland.
-"Bransle de Poictou"
-"Le Jaulne et Blanc"