Lorenzino del Liuto was born in Rome, most likely around 1552, and there seems to be approximately seventy extant pieces by the composer, preserved in seven prints and at least sixteen manuscripts. Liuto was among the most influential musicians of his day, his music being published throught Europe and collected by foreign lutenists. Liuto's music was a precursor of early Baroque style and he along with his fellow lutenists were among the first musicians of those times to achieve a high degree of musical richness, technical maturity and refinement. The lute was the principal musical instrument and its use was widespread throughout all social and intellectual classes of the late Renaissance and early Baroque periods. Personally, I love the rich tonal qualities of the lute something not possible with either the guitar or cello. When I have a long stretch of research or writing ahead of me this genre is my 'go-to' choice for quiet ruminations, or sitting out at nautical twilight with my dogs watching the stars emerge one by one.