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The Garden of Music (Part One):
Virtuoso Pieces for Lute from the Late Renaissance—
compositional process and form

Dominic Schaner, Lutenist, Musicologist, Composer
Original Date: Thursday, November 2, 2017

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The Garden of Music presents the history and music of the lute through the examination of two important late Renaissance sources: The Siena Manuscript (c. 1590) and Hortus Musicalis Novus(1615). These sources feature highly developed abstract (polythematic, imitative, polyphonic) works for lute (in a High Renaissance style) during a transitional time in the History of Music (during the development of Opera and the Baroque style). The legacy of il divino Francesco da Milano (1497-1543) is illuminated in these collections; Francesco's fantasias are reproduced, ornamented and used as compositional references in both of these sources. (During this lecture-recital, we will examine the art of compositional process and form, the variety of regional taste / aesthetics, the transition from Renaissance music to Baroque music, and the legacy of il divino Francesco da Milano.)

Lutenist, musicologist and composer Dominic Schaner grew up on a small family farm in rural California. Here, in this infinite expanse of nature, he was introduced to music at a young age. During his following musical life, Dominic has given concerts as both a solo and ensemble musician throughout North America and in Europe?. Most recently, he was featured as a soloist and guest accompanist for the world premiere of Consort with Oakland Ballet. Dominic lives in West Sonoma County where he curates radio shows for kows 92.5fm, collects private press records and forages for mushrooms around his home in the forest. An advocate for those forgotten and silenced by society, Dominic directs arkestras and explores restorative practices with at-risk populations.

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