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April 21, 2024

3:00 PM


Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center

450 West Ohio Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202

On the Program

FALCONIERI | Battaglia de Barabaso yerno de Satanas

VIVALDI | Trio sonata op1. No. 1 in G minor, RV 73 


KAPSBERGER | Toccata Arpeggiata



CORELLI | Violin Sonata in G minor, Op. 5, No. 5

VIVALDI | Concerto for Lute in D Major, RV 93

ZAMBONI | Suite in C Minor

VIVALDI | Cello Sonata No. 3 in A minor, RV 43

CORBETTA | Suite in C Major

UCCELLINI | La Bergamesca 

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Brandon Acker
IIBC Laureate and soloist

About the Program

From the Arabic oud to the Chinese Pipa and beyond, lute-like instruments have been adored around the world for thousands of years. In Europe during the Baroque period (1600-1750), the lute and guitar were praised not just by locals at the neighborhood pub but also by musicians playing in the street and even by Kings like Charles II and Louis XIV. In Italy, the birthplace of opera, lutes and guitars were especially popular in both solo and accompanimental roles.

In this program, "The Lute in Italy," Brandon Acker will guide the audience in a listening experience meant to demonstrate the versatile role of lutes and guitars during the Baroque period in Italy. In a solo setting featuring works by Piccinini and Zamboni, the lute becomes an intimate instrument praised for its subtlety, sweetness, and charm. In an ensemble setting, we will hear how Vivaldi showcases the lute as a soloist in concerti accompanied by a light ensemble. The final role of the lute was that of an accompaniment instrument in chamber music and opera. The lute was a member of the basso continuo section made up of a large selection of possible instruments (Harpsichord, lute, harp, etc...) who read from the same bass line and then improvised above the bass line.

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