The Metropolitan Museum of Art recently posted a series of videos on historic instruments featuring Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music Christopher Morrongiello. These videos showcase Professor Morrongiello playing an original 16th-century, gut-strung lute as well as copies of lutes in the Met’s collection. One of the compositions he performs is the “Toccata” by Galileo’s brother, Michelagnolo Galilei.
In an article for the Museum’s website, Jayson Dobney, associate curator and administrator in the Department of Musical Instruments, explains that the 400 year-old lute Professor Morrongiello is playing is “attributed to a member of the Tieffenbrucker family. One of the most important dynasties of Renaissance stringed-instrument makers, the family originated in the town of Tieffenbruck, located in the Füssen region of Bavaria.”
Professor Morrongiello teaches music history and directs the Hofstra Collegium Musicum. He is an expert on the lute and related historical plucked instruments. He has been invited to the United Nations on November 15 to perform at a world peace concert.