Paul O’Dette

Festival Concerts | June 6–13, 2021

Paul O'Dette, lute

Premiered Friday, June 11, 2021 at 10pm (EDT)

Only Joy: Elizabethan Lute Music of Solace and Joy |Back by popular demand! BEMF Artistic Co-Director and legendary virtuoso Paul O’Dette offers a solo recital of masterworks from the “Golden Age of English Lute Music”. Over the course of human history, there have been moments when an extraordinary number of exceptional artists were all practicing the same discipline in the same time and place, from the architects and painters of the Italian Renaissance to the Cremonese violin makers of the 17th-century. From 1580 to 1620 in England, it was Lute music that enjoyed such artistic largesse. Take a journey through this brilliant and diverse repertoire, from the masters Byrd, Dowland, Morley and Robinson and their equally gifted contemporaries whose names have been lost to the ages.

Recorded on location in Rochester, New York

Length: 57 minutes

This concert premiered on Friday, June 11, 2021 at 10pm (EDT) and will remain available until the end of the day on Sunday, July 11, 2021 (EDT).

“The clearest case of genius ever to touch his instrument.”

—Toronto Globe and Mail


Only Joy: Elizabethan Lute Music of Solace and Joy

 Anonymous: Up Tails All
Anonymous: Jiggy Joggy
Anonymous: Go from my Window
Anonymous: Sick, Sick and very Sick
Anonymous: Only Joy
Anonymous: A Jigge

Thomas Morley: A Paven (“set to the lute by Fr. Cutting”)
Morley: Galliard

Thomas Robinson: The Spanish Pavin
Robinson: Robin is to the Greenwood Gone
Robinson: Lantero

I never knew I loved thee             
Corne Yards            
The Gypsies Lilt
A Scots Tune
A Scots Tune
Another Scots Tune
from the Mure of Rowallan’s Lute Book, Rowallan Castle, Scotland (1620)

John Dowland: Fantasia (P 71)

William Byrd: La Volta
Byrd: Pavana Bray, set by Francis Cutting
Byrd: Galliarda
Byrd: Will yow walke the woods soe wylde
Byrd: My Lord Willoughbies welcome home

Eight-course lute by Paul Thomson, Bristol, 1991, after Vendelio Venere, 1582.