Lutefest 2023 – Thursday Schedule


Paul Beier

Further Considerations About the Position of the Right Hand in the Baroque Era

In an article about right hand position for the lute that I wrote at the tender age of 24, and that was published in the LSA Journal in 1979, I discussed right hand position on the lute. Now, after nearly a half century of experience as a lute player, I would like to return to this subject, especially as it concerns the baroque lute. I will present historical evidence about right hand position in the baroque era, and I would like to have a discussion with participants of the class who play the baroque lute about their own experience—how and why their choice of hand position may differ from what might be gathered from historical records.


Sylvain Bergeron

Lute Playground Ahead (Find Your Way Through this Extraordinary Labyrinth)

This class offers beginners an overview of important elements necessary for learning the lute and offers tips for developing good practices and work routine right from the beginning.


Xavier Diaz-Latorre


Masterclasses are open to performers and auditors. If you wish to apply to perform in this masterclass, please be sure to check the box on the first page of this form. You will need to send an audition video to the Festival Director. More information will provided after registration.


Eduardo Egüez

Intabulation of Renaissance Madrigals

The class will focus on an analysis of the tablatures for 6-course lute of the madrigals “Alcun non puo saper” by Vincenzo Ruffo intabulated by Antonio Paladino and “O felici occhi miei” by Jacques Arcadelt intabulated by Pierino Fiorentino.


Christopher Morrongiello

Fundamentals of Renaissance Lute Playing

In this course, Chris will cover the basic physiological mechanics involved in playing the Renaissance lute well. He will deal with the fundamentals of right-hand thumb-under technique, the principles of left-hand finger placement (with special emphasis given to the thumb and little finger), and the “order,” or method, of choosing felicitous fingerings. He will also provide a checklist of problems to avoid, while offering insights into various ways of holding the lute, practicing, producing good tone, and playing in a relaxed, focused manner.


Xavier Diaz-Latorre

Concert: “The two Lions” with music by Guerau and de Murcia (350 years of his birth)

Francisco Guerau, a notable Baroque composer and guitarist from Spain, left an enduring legacy with his influential work, “Poema harmónico.” This comprehensive treatise showcases his deep understanding of the guitar’s capabilities, blending intricate melodies, harmonies, and rhythmic intricacies. Guerau’s compositions capture the essence of the Baroque period and solidify his importance in the world of music. Alongside him, Santiago de Murcia, a contemporary multi-instrumentalist and composer, contributed to a diverse range of styles, including guitar music, vocals, and dance suites. Both composers drew inspiration from Spain’s rich musical traditions, infusing their works with captivating Iberian flavors. Their innovative compositions and technical prowess have secured their indelible mark in the development of Baroque music.