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Yisrael, Miguel
Method for the Baroque Lute. A practical guide for beginning and advanced lutenists

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Author: Miguel Yisrael
Publication Date: 2008
Series: Theoretical and Educational Texts
Pages: pp. 364
Size: 230x310 mm
Binding: Paperback (Soft Cover)
ISMN: 979-0-2153-1599-0
Code: DM 67

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Our Method for the Baroque Lute can provide you with the technical and musical foundations required for a solid and comprehensive approach to playing the baroque lute. That is indeed the purpose, and challenge, of this book: to reach out to as many lute-lovers as possible, and give them the opportunity to express themselves via the baroque lute, however advanced they may be in their musical education. Its audience includes not just those who have never played a musical instrument, but also seasoned guitarists desirous of initiation into the mysteries of the baroque lute.

Biographical Notes

Product detailsMiguel Yisrael was born in Lisbon, where he began his musical and artistic career, earning his Diploma in Classical Guitar in 1994.
From 1999 to 2004, after studying the lute at the Paris Conservatoire, with Claire Antonini, Miguel Yisrael completed his musical education with Hopkinson Smith in Basel, Switzerland, at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis.
As a soloist, Miguel Yisrael has given recitals in France, Portugal, United Kingdom, Austria, Spain, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Canada, China and USA.
In 2000, he took part in a television documentary devoted to the lutenist Hopkinson Smith, broadcast by Mezzo, Classica, RTBF and TSR.
Miguel Yisrael has recorded 3 solo CDs for the Dutch Label Brilliant Classics, in 2008, 2010 and 2012, earning a "Diapason d'Or Découverte" for his CD "The Court of Bayreuth", a 4 Stars Audioclásica for his CD "Austria 1676" and a "5 Diapason" for his CD "Les Baricades Mistérieuses".
He is also the author of a major treatise on the baroque lute called "Method for the Baroque Lute", published in Italy by Ut Orpheus in 2008. In 2010, he created, for the same publisher, a new collection of music scores for the Baroque lute called "La Rhétorique des Dieux".
In 2015 Miguel Yisrael founded Le Luth Doré SAS, a french company dedicated to honoring and preserving the musical legacy of European early plucked instruments such as lutes, mandolins and early guitars, by creating high quality inexpensive instruments, urtext music editions, accessories and educational programs.
Miguel Yisrael performs on lutes built by Cezar Mateus, Princeton, USA.
He currently lives and teaches Renaissance and Baroque lute in Paris.


il Fronimo n. 151 (2010)
... questo metodo è un punto fermo di straordinaria importanza nel moderno panorama del liuto barocco ... Dedicato al principiante, al suonatore evoluto e all’insegnante, è un punto di riferimento per l’approccio moderno ad uno strumento antico e si rpopone come esempio per chiunque è interessato alle diverse prospettive dell’apprendimento: l’esecuzione, lo studio e la didattica. (Giorgio Ferraris)

Lauten-Info 2/2008
... Miguel Yisraels „Méthode“ ist die umfangreichste, informativste und großzügiste mir bekannte Barocklautenschule, in der (fast) alles reichhaltig vorhanden ist. Bis auf die beiden oben genannten kleinen pädagogischen Lücken, die ein erfahrener Lehrer ohnehin leicht zu füllen in der Lage ist, hat der Schüler eine Unmenge an unterschiedlichstem Material in einem Buch versammelt, welches ihm einen breiten Einblick in Musik und Repertoire der Barocklaute zu geben im Stande ist. Alles in allem: sehr empfehlneswert! (Rainer Luckhardt)

Lute - the instrument (Brasil, 06/2009)
... You cannot get the richness and the detail of information nowadays, compiled and taught in a clear and objective way, better than this. Already indispensable for a modern lute student and maybe your best solution if you do not have the privilege of having a lute teacher relatively close to your home. ... (Luis Maciel)

Nostalgia n. 30 (Japan, 01/2009)
"Portuguese lutenist Miguel Yisrael has given his method for the baroque lute the subtitle: a practical guide for beginning and advanced lutenists. That is an apt description of this hefty volume of no less than 350 pages full of text, pictures and music. Step by step, illustrated by many pictures and exercises, Yisrael takes us through the various aspects of baroque lute technique. This part of the book also has six graded groups of musical pieces to study. The inclusion of the many useful lists, and the practical list of contents enabling you to find what you want quickly, will keep it a valuable book even if you have successfully finished all the lessons. Needles to say the 250 beautiful pieces will provide many hours of enjoyment in itself." (David van Oojen)

Geluit-Luthinerie n. 45 (03/2009)
"This new edition is the most complete I've seen. Not only many easy pieces, sorted by key, but also a complete history, concordances, clear pictures of techniques and positions, an extended bibliography. So it is both a practical manual as well as an interesting book to read or to search for pieces by key and or level." (Greet Schamp)

Gitarr Och Luta (04/2009)
"An excellent book!” (Kenneth Sparr)

De Tabulatuur n. 96 (06/2009)
"Yisrael's lute method is pleasant and easy to read, which is especially important for the beginning lute player. ... Subjects as notation, different kinds of tablature, fingering and embellishments are amply explained. ... There are open string exercises, bass line exercises, melody line exercises, and pieces to gradually clarify the structure of chords Legato, rhythm, arpeggios, damping the basses: every aspect is included. ... Although there are several baroque lute methods available, Yisrael’s book really is an asset. (Margriet Verzijl)

Midlife Music Musings -
... The method is published by Ut Orpheus Edizioni; there are both English and French editions. The quality of the editing itself is excellent, and the tablature is attractive and very readable. If you are like me, dabbling and struggling with the baroque lute, this is for you. If you are wondering if you want to go down the path of the baroque lute, this is especially for you! I might add that this method is appropriate for both the 11-course and 13-course lute: almost all of the music in it is for the 11-course and the few 13-course pieces are easily adapted. (I still think many rush into the decision to get a 13-course instrument, thinking that they need those two extra notes.) (Kemer Thomson Poway)

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