LORENZINO DEL LIUTO (1552 - 1590)
generally known as Lorenzino del Liuto, was among the most famous lutenists of
his day, exercising a strong influence on lute music in Italy and in other countries, where surviving copies of his work bear witness to his reputation.
Born in Rome, he probably spent much of his life there. From 1570 to 1572 he
was in the service of Cardinal Ippolito II at the Villa d'Este, and he was said
to have received the papal Knighthood of the Golden Spur.
Some seventy lute pieces
by Lorenzino survive and combine technical demands with an atmosphere of poetic
melancholy. They include instrumental versions of madrigals, dances, and
contrapuntal fantasias, in writing that takes the lute to its technical limit.