Wednesday, February 09, 2005

The Guitar, an exotic Instrument in Danish Music

Untitled: "Erling Møldrup,
professor of guitar at the Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus Denmark

In 1997 I published this book on Danish guitar history until 1960, titled
'Guitaren, et Eksotisk Instrument i Den Danske Musik'.

Unfortunately, much of our knowlegde about music in Denmark has been lost in in some huge castle-fires, therefore the informations on the lute and guitar life as well as the "normal" music-life is rather limited.

The lute made its entry into the royal orchestra as early as in mid 1550s¸ however plucked instruments were without doubt in use further back in Scandinavian history.

Especially under King Christian IV the culturel and music life blossomed.
During that time famous personalities such as John Dowland and other important english lutenists was employed in the Kings chapel where they received extremely high payments.
Dowland's the Second Booke of Songs or Ayres with the famous Lachrimae Pavan and The third and Last Booke of Songs or Ayres were created and published during his stay in denmark.


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