Lamentatio Orpheo: The Many Lamentations of Orpheus on the Death of Eurydice
Lamentatio Orpheo seeks to unveil the infinite & eternal lamentations of Orpheus through musical meditations on the death of Eurydice. Illuminated in the memory of the beloved & divined in loss, a window unto the soul of Lamentatio Orpheo is glimpsed in a song of melancholy. Featuring the music of the Orpheus of the Lute & the Orpheus of the Theorbo, Lamentatio Orpheo explores free-form & improvisational works for lute derived from sixteenth century Lamentatio.
The lute is best thought of as a family of instruments rather than a single instrument. A descendent of the Arabic oud, the lute found its way into Europe during the Crusades and via the Silk Road. Flourishing in Europe from 1100-1800, the lute transitioned, along with changing musical styles, from 5 courses to 15 & from short to extended necks. A member of this innumerable family, the archlute developed around 1600 alongside Opera, and features 14 courses with an extended neck.