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The 10-course lute: Music of Robert Ballard and Michelangelo Galilei.

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Richard KolbView the program

Robert Ballard (c.1572 – c.1650) was the most famous French lutenist of the first decades of the 17th century, and an important pioneer in the development of French Baroque musical style. Ballard's Italian contemporary Michelangelo Galilei (c.1575 – c.1640) spent much of his career at the musically cosmopolitan courts of Poland and Bavaria. While he was heavily influenced by French lute style, his music retains much of the harmonic intensity and rhythmic drive favored by Italian lutenists.

Richard Kolb, 10-course lute

Richard Kolb's CD of music by Robert Ballard has recently been released on the Centaur label (CRC 3747). He combines a career as a performer with scholarly research and publishing, and has lately finished editing the complete works of Barbara Strozzi, published by Cor Donato Editions. He has also recorded a CD of music from Strozzi's Opus 8 with soprano Elissa Edwards, to be released in late 2020. Kolb is Scholar in Residence for the NY Continuo Collective, and has held teaching positions at the University of Toronto, and the Royal Conservatory of Music (Toronto), and Case-Western Reserve University.


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


Midtown Concerts sponsors lunchtime performances of music of the 18th century and earlier. Ensembles are chosen by a panel of early music specialists from the metropolitan area.

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

Concerts are in person at St. Malachy's Church, 239 West 49th Street, Manhattan, AND live streamed.