Next Fretworks Program Includes Lute Music By Columbus Native

Music by Columbus native and lutenist Paul O'Dette on the next Fretworks.(Photo: Boston Early Music Festival)
Music by Columbus native and lutenist Paul O'Dette on the next Fretworks.(Photo: Boston Early Music Festival)

The next Fretworks broadcast Saturday evening at 7 pm will include, in addition to music for the classical guitar, some lute music by Columbus native Paul O’Dette. 

We’ll also hear from one of the pioneering early music groups, the Julian Bream Consort. From the 20th Century, we’ll have the Guitar Concerto No. 1 in D by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco.

O’Dette was born February, 2, 1954 and grew up in Central Ohio, attending Whetstone High School right here in Columbus. He began playing classical guitar and played electric guitar in a rock band before discovering his love for the lute and early music. His parents, Ralph and Clara, were long-time volunteers at WOSU.

He has been called “the clearest case of genius to ever touch his instrument.” O’Dette has served as professor of lute and director of early music at the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester since 1976 and is also co-director of the Boston Early Music Festival. We’ll have a little of one of his Specialties, lute music of English composer John Dowland on this week’s show.

Here is O’Dette in 1984:

One of the pioneering early music groups is the Julian Bream Consort founded by guitarist/lutenist Julian Bream in 1960, and their recordings and performances led to a revival of interest in music of the Elizabethan era. 

However, we’re going to present them in some music of the 20th Century by Benjamin Britten written for celebrations surrounding the coronation of Queen Elizabeth the Second in 1953.

Castelnuove-Tedesco was born on Florence, but because his family was Jewish, they had to leave Italy when Mussolini came to power.  They settled in California where Mario worked as a film composer, and he also wrote numerous works for the guitar.  The Guitar Concerto No. 1 was written for Andres Segovia, who first performed it in 1939.

Join me for Fretworks for music of the guitar, and for this evening, a bit of lute music as well.  We’ll hear from the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet again and young guitarist, Vladimir Gorbach.