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  • n. Plural form of lute.


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  • The charmers then produced a couple of instruments which Sir Modava called lutes, looking more like a dried-up summer crookneck squash, with a mouthpiece, and a tube with keys below the bulb.

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  • Athenaeus, who lived at the end of the second and beginning of the third century, A.D., speaks of orchestras of six hundred in Ptolemy Philadelphus's time (300 B.C.), and says that three hundred of the players were harpers, in which number he probably includes players on other stringed instruments, such as lutes and lyres.

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  • They are sometimes categorised as Psych folk or as Medieval folk rock, but their music was much more a reinvention of Renaissance music, based around the use of period instruments such as lutes and recorders.

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  • The script, by EV Crowe, was packed tight with goodies for those listening carefully a great joke about lutes comes and goes in a beat, and I found Paul Woodson captivating as Charlie, a charmer and a tireless blusterer who betrays a growing panic, even as he repeats the mantra "Yes, me, now" to hearten himself for revolt.

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  • Her harmonically exploratory, third movement cadenza sounded freshly composed on the spot, and her dreamy, exotically pitch-bent treatment of the concerto's slow movement (against very Middle Eastern-sounding color from the droning bass and skittering arpeggios on the lutes) proved an atmospheric delight.

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  • Swapping lutes for zithers continues to pay off: the price of Zithers is on the rise.

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  • A lot of the images feature very British items lutes, plates with Prince Harry's face on them, etc.

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  • Here and there, a few strummed lutes or fingered a virginal, but most were occupied with dice and cards.

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  • The strings and the continuo lutes had a fiercely tart and tangy sound, deliberately unsensual and arresting.

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  • McFarlane's "On the Heath" for two lutes (with William Simms as a fine partner) was a pleasant set of three folksy, dancelike movements and, in its premiere performance, his "Firedance," with its elements of Irish lamenting and jig-like resolution, was attractive and easy to listen to.

    In performance: Bach Sinfonia


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