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Liuto forte – Departure to new horizons
The Liuto forte or the “New Lute” is the further development of the European lute into a powerful and brilliant plucked instrument. It combines the best elements of a rich four-hundred-year tradition of instrument making and is suitable for the performance of all musical styles. The New Lute has fascinating tonal characteristics that neither historical lutes nor classical guitars possess. In contrast to the historical lute, the Liuto forte can also be played by guitarists after a short familiarization period.
The models of the Liuto forte create a contemporary condition to re-establish the lute as the most important plucked instrument in the field of sophisticated music. This opens up new horizons for this indispensable instrument. Its great tradition in European music history is not only preserved, but also continued.
Model groups of Liuto forte
Liuti forti can in principle be built in all tunings. The models offered here select from the historical lute tunings those with which the largest part of the traditional repertoire of over 50,000 individual pieces can be reproduced.
Guitarists should not be confused by the variety of different lute models. This diversity is a guarantee that every player will find the instrument that suits them best. You will find information on instrument selection under the menu item “Selection & Purchase” in the chapter “Choosing your personal Liuto forte“.
The easiest way to classify lutes is by the different shapes of their pegboxes. These are referred to in the following as the angled neck, swan neck and neck with straight extension.
Lutes with angled pegbox
Swan Neck Lutes
Lute with angled pegbox in g
Éric Bellocq, France
Lute with angled pegbox in e
Christian Hostettler, Switzerland and Germany
Swan Neck Lute in d
Oded Melchner, Israel
Swan Neck Lute in e
Saulius S. Lipčius, Lithuania
Luciano Còntini, Austria
Arciliuto forte in d (with amplification)
Ron McFarlane, USA
Mauro Pinciaroli, Italy
Further sound examples can be found in the menu item “Models & Sound” under the respective models.
Please note that when recording with Liuti forti, there is no difference between the sound of the instrument in the recording and the sound of the instrument in the original. If you wish, compare the sound of the respective pieces with recordings of the same piece on copies of historical lutes that can be found on the Internet.
What exactly does Liuto Forte mean?
Since “liuto” means lute in Italian, so Liuto Forte gives us a “strong lute”.
With the Liuto Forte we have the further evolution of the European lute into a new, brilliant and powerful plucked instrument. It combines the best elements from the rich and more than four-hundred-year-old tradition of lute instrument building, but also possesses many fascinating sound characteristics which were never available, either to the historical lute or the classical guitar.
Lutes in general, due to the shape of their bodies, have a fundamentally greater acoustical efficiency than guitars. This was the reason for their position as the dominant plucked instrument in western music history for several centuries. The patented construction of the Liuto Forte makes the most of this advantage in the lute’s shape while at the same time removing the causes which led to the stagnation of that instrument at the end of the eighteenth century.
Music from the nineteenth to the twenty-first centuries, including everything for the classical guitar, can be performed on the various models of the Liuto Forte, in addition, of course, to the complete lute repertoire. The enormous wealth of playable music available to it, as well as its amazing clarity when performing in ensemble, is what makes the Liuto Forte easily the most versatile plucked instrument on the market today.
To become a Liuto Forte player means joining a noble and ancient family, yet without the obligation of being weighed down by the past. On the one hand, Liuto Forte instruments make the whole family heritage accessible. On the other hand, they allow you to enrich this treasury of music by doing something totally new.
In contrast to the historical lute the Liuto Forte does not exclude the guitarist. Guitarists, on the contrary, are welcome to bring their abilities to bear on a lute instrument. Thanks to its lighter construction and lighter strings, playing the lute demands less physical exertion than the classical guitar, but at the same time yields more tone with less expenditure of energy. The Liuto Forte does not, however, cramp the musician’s style and temperament, like the considerably more lightly strung historical lute tends to do. It sets no limits to the dynamic will and design of each player.
We invite you to participate in this exciting development and wish you lots of interesting reading and inspiring listening here on our website.
Your Liuto Forte team
”…one of the century’s most outstanding musical innovations. A gift to music.“
(Le Monde, Paris 1999)