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This Easy & Agreeable Instrument: the English Guittar in duet, song, and chamber music.

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Mr Jones webDaniel Swenberg ~ English guittar & archlute
Andrew Rutherford ~ English guittar
Leah Nelson ~ violin
Marcia Young ~ soprano

The English guittar (2 ts, like the cittern) was wildly popular in Georgian England. Its popularity spread throughout the British Empire and into the United States. Its brilliant flowering was brief, however, disappearing by 1800. Rather than a proper guitar, it was a 6-string instrument strung with brass. The leading composers of Georgian England all offered music for the guittar: Geminiani, J.C. Bach, R. Straube, and James Oswald. This concert offers a survey of some of this delightful and rare chamber music: Scottish and English duets and songs and Italian arias.

Mr. Jones & the Engines of Destruction: In 1605 famed English architect Inigo Jones brought the newly-developed theorbo from Italy into England. At Dover, customs impounded the instrument fearing it was some engine from the popish lands brought to destroy the king. This group emphasizes fun, lascivious, nerdy, and dramatic programs and features rarely heard ensembles for lutes, theorbos, and guitars.


1:15–2:00 pm
All concerts are free; no tickets or reservations are necessary.

In person at St. Malachy's Church, 239 West 49th Street, Manhattan

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