Thomas Lupo: Fantasia – Fretwork

May 25, 2022, 9:00 am

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Fretwork explores an overlooked English musical dynasty. The grandson of an Italian immigrant family brought to England under Henry VIII’s reign, Thomas Lupo (1571-1627) was a talented composer, viol player, and violinist who served in the Royal Court from the age of 16 until his death. His consort music for viols demonstrates a variety of moods and musical devices, with a clear parallel in places to some of the three-part music by his friend and colleague Orlando Gibbons.