The instrumental music and particularly the lute music bears remarkable development during the first half of 16th century. Along with the great number of intavolations of polyphonic vocal models, free instrumental genres developed. The latter embodied the counterpointal techinques of the vocal motets, chansons and madrigals. The programme presents the variety of Renaissance musical forms with music by Francesco da Milano, Luys de Narvaez, Pierre Attaingnant etc.
This programme presents the Golden Age of Elizabethan England, including music by John Johnson, Alfonso Ferrabosco, Anthony Holborne, John Dowland. Melancholic pavanes, quick and highly ornamented dances alternate counterpointal pieces. Many of them are transmitted only in manuscripts of the age and still remain not well known.
The brilliant rhetorical expressions by the poetical figures and symbols of Seconda prattica di musica depict the complicated world of human affects. The aspiration for unexpected and strange push musical turnings to what was later called musical Baroque. The program includes pieces for archlute and theorbo by Alessandro Picinnini, Girolamo Kapsberger, Bernardo Gianoncelli.
This program presents the lute music during the age of the late Baroque and the Gallant style with music by Giovanni Zamboni and Fillipo dala Casa. It includes sonatas following the style of sonata da camera by A. Corelli, A. Caldara etc., which contains improvisational preludes, fugues, but also the typical suite dance movements. Sonatas and variations by dala Casa present the new musical taste and style – the Gallant style.
The Spanish guitar was spread during the Baroque age through the whole Europe and became one of the most favorite instruments for professional musicians and amateurs, in the court and in the cities. The program contains Baroque guitar music by Gaspar Sanz, Giovanni Paolo Foscarini, Robert de Visee.