Review: Hopkinson Smith’s Bittersweet Science of the Lute

By Bradley Bambarger <2005>

Once upon a time, when the world was much quieter, the lute was the premier, princely instrumental voice — intimate, complex and expressive, ideal for accompanying songs and dances or for playing solo. Not long after Bach and Vivaldi’s day, though, the lute was overwhelmed by the noise of incipient modernity.