Jakob Lindberg – The Lute in Europe c. 600

Jakob Lindberg

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre


Venture through the royal courts of 17th-century Europe.

Celebrated for his profound musicality, Swedish lute master Jakob Lindberg returns to Melbourne Recital Centre for an intimate performance showcasing the lute’s regal splendour.

While his expertise may be from the Renaissance and Baroque eras, Lindberg’s original musical inspiration was The Beatles, which led him to classical guitar before eventually transitioning instruments to become the John Lennon of the lute that travels the world today.

About the concert

In this one-night-only exploration of the lute at the dawn of 17th-century Europe, Lindberg presents music from across Italy, France, England and Scotland. The influence of royalty on the lutenists featured in this program is evident in their compositions, which date from a time when royal courts would have lute players compete for their employment.

John Dowland and Daniel Bacheler’s careers were spent mostly in Denmark and England, and their works are the epitome of the melancholy and introspective English lute style. While Robert Ballard’s lively compositions were meant for social gatherings and reflect the exuberant spirit of working for Louis XIII of France.

These works, combined with Giovanni Girolamo Kapsberger’s experimental style, Simone Molinario’s expressive themes, the haunting folk melodies of Scotland, and the rich timbres of the Primrose Potter Salon make for an apt exploration of a fascinating time in European history.

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Artist & Program


Jakob Lindberg lute


Robert Ballard
Entrée de luth
Branles de village

Simone Molinaro
Fantasia XI
Ballo detto il Conte Orlando
Fantasia I

Giovanni Girolamo Kapsberger
Toccata Arpeggiata

Daniel Bacheler
La jeune fillette

Five Scottish Tunes

John Dowland
Prelude, DP 98
Pavan, DP 94
A Galliard on a galliard by Daniel Bacheler, DP 28
A Fancy, DP73

Experience Guide

See.png See a master of the lute exploring music of the 1600s.

Hear.png Hear quintessential lute music of this era.

Think.png Think about the long-lasting impact of this instrument.

Feel.png Feel yourself drift into a different world.


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