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Paul O'Dette: ¡Jácaras! Baroque Music from the New World

Americas Society

November 9, 2012


Photo Credit: Hanja Chlala

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As one of the most influential figures in the early music field, Paul O'Dette helped define the technical and stylistic standards to which twenty-first-century performers of early music aspire, infusing the performance practice movement with a careful combination of historical awareness, idiomatic accuracy, and self-expression. Known best for his recitals and recordings of virtuoso solo lute music, O'Dette maintains an active international career as an ensemble musician as well, performing with many of the leading early music soloists and ensembles such as the acclaimed continuo ensemble Tragicomedia. In addition to his activities as a performer, O'Dette is an avid researcher, having worked extensively on the performance and sources of seventeenth-century Italian and English solo song, continuo practices, and lute technique. He is at work on a forthcoming book on lute technique co-authored by Patrick O'Brien. He has published numerous articles on issues of historical performance practice and co-authored the Dowland entry in the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. O'Dette is a professor of lute and director of early music at the Eastman School of Music, and serves as artistic director of the Boston Early Music Festival.



The European Heritage: Italian, Spanish and French Dances

Anonymous Gallardas
Santiago de Murcia Passacalles por la E
(1673-1739) Jácaras
  La Jota
  Grabe de Corelli
  La Cadena
  Giga de Corelli
  Folias Italianas


Guitar Music in the New World

Manuel Alvarez Fantasmas
(Guatemala, 18th c.) Fantasmas del Sueño 


African and Native Influences

Santiago de Murcia Zarambeques
  La Azuzena
  Las Penas
  Otros Canarios


Paul O'Dette performing works by Santiago de Murcia (1685-1732) on Baroque guitar.

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