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Khalil Gibran And is not the lute that soothes your spirit the very wood that was hollowed with knives?
If you’re looking for inexpensive lute gifts, colorful postcards are always one of our top picks. They’re great for keeping in touch with friends and family, and pretty enough to display. These measure 4.25 by 5.6 inches and are printed on ultra-heavyweight (120 lb.) card stock with a gloss finish.
Here’s one of our favorite inexpensive gift ideas for lute players. Who doesn’t need a few refrigerator magnets? Standard size square magnets measure 2 by 2 inches, and round magnets are typically available in three sizes. Designs are printed on 100% recycled paper. Scratch and UV-resistant Mylar keeps magnets looking as good as new for many years to come.
Mugs are one of our favorite affordable lute gifts. Everyone can use a few mugs. Click on any mug to see how the design looks from different angles. Choose from many sizes, styles, and colors to create a personal gift for your favorite lutenist.
Lute-inspired mouse pads are available in two designs. The basic mouse pad measures 9.25 by 7.75 inches, with a durable dust and stain resistant cloth cover. The gel mouse pad measures 9 1/8 by 10 1/4 inches and is also dust and stain resistant. It features gel-pad wrist support and a non-skid base. Both mouse pad designs are a welcome decorative touch for any desk or work space.
Classic cotton-poly twill blend aprons are another of our top picks for practical lute gifts. Choose from several style and color options. Spacious front pockets hold plenty of utensils and cooking tools. Aprons are machine washable and proudly made in the U.S.A.
We love buttons because they’re an inexpensive and fun gift for music lovers. These standard size square buttons measure 2 inches by 2 inches. Designs are printed on 100% recycled paper and covered with scratch and UV-resistant Mylar. Some designs allow you to change the background color for a customized gift. Choose from a rainbow of vibrant hues.
One of the most popular lute gifts is a set of playing cards. Each comes packaged in a cardboard box for easy gifting. Poker size cards measure 2.5 by 3.5 inches, with 52 playing cards and 2 jokers per deck. Click on any design to see the available options. Standard cards are printed on smooth card stock, and premium quality Bicycle playing cards are printed on durable semi-gloss card stock.
Not only does he play the instrument beautifully, he’s a respected luthier–a master lute builder. Ken Brodkey built his first lute from a kit in 1976, while working on his music degree at Cal State Northridge (CSUN), in southern California. The project was so successful that he began an apprenticeship the following year.
William Shakespeare (Henry III) Take thy lute, wench: my soul grows sad with troubles;
Sing, and disperse ’em, if thou canst: leave working.
The lute is a plucked string instrument with a long neck bearing frets. The instrument is characterized by a rounded body and a flat front that is shaped somewhat like a halved egg. Lutes have been used in a great variety of instrumental music from the Medieval to the late Baroque eras. Indeed, they were the most important instrument for secular music during the Renaissance.
Lutes have been popular in Europe since the 13th century, though the earliest surviving compositions date from the late 15th century. Many composers published collections of their music during the 16th and 17th centuries. Sadly, much of the music is still lost. In the second half of the 17th century, lutes and similar stringed instruments declined in popularity. Very little music was written for the instrument after 1750. It wasn’t until the second half of the 20th century that music historians prompted a renewed interest in lute music.
More Lute Facts
A person who performs on this string instrument is called a lutenist.
Notable lutenists include Peter Croton, John Dowland, Jacques Gallot, Joachim Held, Hubert Hoffmann, Lutz Kirchhof, Nigel North, Valéry Sauvage, and Christopher Wilson.
Accomplished string musician Valéry Sauvage plays the timeless classic “Greensleeves” on an instrument constructed by Stephen Murphy. Initially he plays the anonymous version from William Ballet’s Lute Book (late 16th or early 17th century). Valéry believes this to be the first known version for solo lute of “Greensleeves.” He segues into a version by Renaissance period composer and lutenist Francis Cutting, then back to the first version. Visit his YouTube channel, Luthval.
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