Jan AntonínLosywas born around 1650 of a prosperous Bohemian family. After the death of his father, the first Count of Losinthal, he inherited not only his title but also considerable wealth. He
was therefore able to devote his life to music, and his skill as a lutenist became famous throughout Europe. Unlike professional players, Losyhad no need to sell or publish his music but
fortunately it has survived in numerous manuscript copies. Today we have almost 200 pieces by Count Losy, many of which once belonged together in larger suites or partitas.
As a composer, Losyfollowed the example of French masters such as François Dufaut, but to this he brought a gift for Italianate melody, particularly in the many surviving arias, rondeaux and minuets. For this amply filled tribute to Losy, JakobLindberghas selected 36 pieces, grouping them into six suites. He performs them on his 16th-century lute by the German builder SixtusRauwolf–an instrument which in 1715 was given a new neck and ‘updated’ into an 11-course lute, the most important type of lute during Losy’slifetime.
Jan Antonín Losy, Count of Losinthal (c. 1650—1721)
1—6 ) Suite in A minor 12'35
7—12 ) Suite in F major 15'57
13—17 ) Suite in G major 11'42
18—25 ) Suite in D minor 13'48
26—30 ) Suite in G minor 10'12
31 ) Menuet in C major 1'29
32—35 ) Suite in B flat major 12'04
36 ) Chaconne in F major 2'49
Jakob Lindberg lute by Sixtus Rauwolf, Augsburg c. 1590