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I play the Renaissance lute, an instrument that was popular from roughly 1500 to 1620. It has 8 courses (which is 7 double strings and 1 single string, the chanterelle). The instrument was made by in 1996 Sandi Harris and Stephen Barber, an excellent lute maker husband-and-wife team. The tuning is G major.
Here are two pieces played by me (if you click, you will get flv files in Google Drive. No login or Google account is required to play them).
The Cobbler, a brisk piece that imitates a cobbler at work, anonymous from the Folger Manuscript
Fantasia (Ness 81), an elegant piece by Francesco da Milano.
Passacaglia, by G.A. Doni, a beautiful, meditative early Baroque piece by an obscure composer, who was apparently better known at the time as an instrument maker.