Lute and Early Music

I have a love of classical musical, especially from the Renaissance and Baroque periods, what is commonly referred to as "Early Music". Growing up, I played the classical guitar but more recently have been playing the lute family of instruments: baroque lute, renaissance lute, vihuela, renaissance guitar, baroque guitar and gittern. In July 2011 I released my first CD entitled Lautenschmaus and in May 2014, released by second CD, Patrons of the Lute .  In May 2016 I released my third CD, Weiss Undercover

Finally in February 2020 I released my fourth CD, Fair and Princely Branches


Lautenschmaus CD: "...the result is a commendable album of many newly-heard works and excellent solid performances throughout which will delight the listener" - Review in Lute Society of America Quarterly, Volume XLVI Winter 2011

Concert performance: "a world premiere (of) Ronn McFarlane's Passacaglia, whose doleful beauty lutenist Shoskes shaped with graceful sensitivity" - Donald Rosenberg, The Plain Dealer May 12, 2013

Patrons of the Lute: “Lovely playing and a thoughtful program full of discoveries. Two thumbs up” - Jeffrey Strauss and Rene Schiffer, Apollo’s Fire review January 2015

"The final piece of this CD is a recently-composed modern piece—Passacaglia by Ronn McFarlane (b.1953)—that I think really warrants a special mention. It is quite simply outstanding.” - The Lutezine supplement to The Lute News no 112, December 2014

Weiss Undercover: Article in The Chagrin Valley Times, October 2016


World premiere of Passacaglia by Ronn McFarlane

Links to Lute Sites

My YouTube Channel Videos of lute playing by me and some of my teachers (Bob Barto, Ronn McFarlane, Richard Stone)

My Recordings

Here are links related to my four lute CD’s with links to buy or download the music.

Promotional Videos:

Download and read the CD booklet (pdf format)

Download Lautenschmaus on iTunes

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Download and read the CD booklet for Patrons of the Lute

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Weiss Undercover Promotional Video

Download the CD Booklet for Weiss Undercover

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Fair and Princely Branches: Renaissance Music for the Jacobean Princes

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© Daniel Shoskes 2021