Paul O'Dette

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Paul R. O'Dette (born February 2, 1954, Columbus, Ohio, United States) is an American lutenist, conductor, and musicologist specializing in early music.

O'Dette began playing the electric guitar in a rock band in Columbus, Ohio, where he grew up. Eventually this led him into playing guitar transcriptions of lute music, and not long after that he opted for the lute (as well as the related archlute, theorbo, and Baroque guitar) as his primary instruments, and now he specializes in the performance of Renaissance and Baroque music. He has made more than 120 recordings, earning five Grammy nominations and numerous other awards. In addition to his activities as a performer, Paul O'Dette is an avid researcher, having worked extensively on the performance and sources of seventeenth-century Italian and English solo song, continuo practices and lute technique.

Since 1976, he has served as Professor of Lute and Director of Early Music at the Eastman School of Music in New York. He is the Co-Artistic Director of the Boston Early Music Festival. He lives in Rochester, New York with his wife, son, and daughter.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1983 Intabolatura da leuto del Divino Francesco Canova da Milano; Paul O'Dette 1
1983 Musicke for the Lute John Dowland; Paul O'Dette 1
1985 English Lute Duets Jakob Lindberg, Paul O'Dette 1
1986 Music for Lute and Mandolin Antonio Vivaldi; The Parley of Instruments, Paul O'Dette 2
1987 Ancient Airs and Dances Paul O'Dette, Rogers Covey-Crump 2
1987 Robin Is to the Greenwood Gone Paul O'Dette 1
1990 Il Tedesco della Tiorba: Pieces for Lute Johannes Hieronymus Kapsberger; Paul O'Dette 1
1992 Lord Herbert of Cherbury's Lute Book Paul O'Dette 1
1994 Dolcissima et Amorosa: Early Italian Renaissance Lute Music Paul O'Dette 1
1995 Complete Lute Works, Vol. 1 John Dowland; Paul O'Dette 1
1996 Complete Lute Works, Vol. 2 John Dowland; Paul O'Dette 1
1996 Complete Lute Works, Vol. 3 John Dowland; Paul O'Dette 1
1997 Complete Lute Works, Vol. 4 John Dowland; Paul O'Dette 1
1997 Complete Lute Works, Vol. 5 John Dowland; Paul O'Dette 1
1998 ¡Jacaras! 18th Century Spanish Baroque Guitar Music of Santiago de Murcia Santiago de Murcia; Paul O'Dette, Andrew Lawrence-King 2
1999 Alla Venetiana: Early 16th Century Venetian Lute Music Paul O'Dette 1
2001 Robin Hood: Elizabethan Ballad Settings Paul O'Dette 1
2002 English Country Dances John Playford; David Douglass, Andrew Lawrence-King & Paul O'Dette 1
2004 My Selfe--16th Century Dances by Anthony Holborne The King's Noyse & Paul O'Dette 1
2005 Lute Works, Volume I Johann Sebastian Bach; Paul O'Dette 2
2006 The Bachelar's Delight Daniel Bacheler; Paul O'Dette 2

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2000 Portrait Paul O'Dette 1
2001 Capritio: Instrumental Music from 17th-Century Italy Tragicomedia, Erin Headley, Paul O'Dette, Stephen Stubbs, Alexander Weinmann 1

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