„Ballo Ongaro” – Hungarian & central-european lute music of the 16th century.

István Kónya – renaissance lute

  1. October, 2. Saturday 5 pm

Budapest History Museum, Buda Castle Building „E”, 1014 Budapest, Szent György tér 2.,

The lute was highly praised during the Renaissance. It was referred to as ‘The Queen of all musical instruments’. The tradition of singing, accompanied by a plucked instrument, goes back to ancient times. In Middle Europe the accompaniment for the songs was not written down or set, it was performed as improvisation. Its main function is to support the meaning of the text and to reflect its atmosphere.

Beside the songs you can hear in the program central-european lute music from composers, such as Wolff Heckel and Hans Judenkünig from Austria, the polish Adalbert Dlugoraj, Hans Newsidle from Pozsony(Bratislava). – Valentine(Balint) Bakfark (1526/30-1576) was the most famous Hungarian lute composer who was well-known in Europe in the 16th century. He lived many years as a court lutenist in Vilnius, where he even married a Lithuanian women, had two children, and later bought a house in the city. The other lute pieces, dances, that had some Hungarian connetation – such as Ungaresca, Passamezzo, Chorea etc.- can be found mostly in foreign sources typically with no author mentioned.

Sample: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BAafgoqwZNs

No entrance ticket, but you have to register:


You do not need Protection Certificate!

Tel: 487-8871 – www.btm.hu