Joseph Iadone, a master lutenist, died on March 23. Cause of death was not released. He was 89.
Largely self-taught, Iadone studied Elizabethan techniques he found in historical treatises. He received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Yale School of Music, and joined Yale’s Collegium Musicum, a group that performed classical music on historical instruments from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
An ancestor of the guitar, the lute was a popular instrument in 18th century Europe. By the 20th century, however, recordings and concerts featuring the lute were rare. Iadone brought the lute’s unique sound back to modern audiences by performing with the New York Pro Musica, the Renaissance Quartet and his own Iadone Consort. He also recorded several albums, including “The Art of the Lute” and “Love Songs in Shakespeare’s Time.”
In the 1960s, Iadone co-founded one of the country’s first early-music workshops at Windham College in Vermont. He trained an entire generation of lute players until the program ended in 1978. Iadone spent the next 22 years teaching at the University of Hartford. In 2003, he donated his four lutes to Yale and Quinnipiac universities.