Travels of the Lute: Cultural Contacts in the Medieval and Early Modern World

This 25-minute video explores how cultural connections linked a family of instruments from ancient Mesopotamia to imperial China, Mughal India, medieval Spain, and Renaissance Britain

Component Videos

The Oud

The Lute

The Sarod


Oud Solo

Bassam Bishara Shahouk plays two pieces for the oud.

Lute Solo

John Edwards plays two pieces for the lute

Sarod Solo

Aditya Verma plays two pieces for the sarod.

The Lute, Oud, and Sarod in Conversation

Continue your exploration of cultural connection by watching this 20-minute video in which players of the lute, the oud, and the sarod discuss various technical and cultural aspects of their art.