Celebrating Early Music and Early Music Performance

Featured Players


This section is devoted to showcasing performers who help keep Early Music alive with their enthusiasm and dedication to the genre.

G. Doc Rossi

Doc's music is featured on the Early Music Radio playlist.

Doc Rossi is one of the foremost experts on the English guittar or cetra - an 18th-century cittern. He performs across Europe and North America as a soloist and with several groups, playing Early Music and Irish and North American traditional music.

Doc plays all sorts of citterns and bouzoukis and specializes in the links between traditional and baroque music. He has recorded the works of Pasqualini Demarzi with Andrea Damiani, and La Cetra Galante, a recital CD of 18th-century solos and duets for Cetra. Copies of these CDs are available directly from Doc.

Doc Rossi performs baroque and classical music as a soloist, and renaissance music with The Batchelor Consort. Les Dexters, a duo with Robert Amyot, features traditional music from Quebec, Michigan, France, Italy, and Ireland. They are also collaborating on a project involving 18th-century French Contradance music as L'Ensemble D'Aubat Saint-Flour. The Duo Ferrandi-Rossi with Roland Ferrandi explores the traditional music of Corsica and baroque dance music with citterns and chitarra battente.

Doc's publications include The Compleat Cittern or Guittar, the English translation of Andrea Damiani’s Tutor for Renaissance Lute, and the acclaimed Original Guitar Styles of Jerry Donahue. Also a scholar, Doc has prepared a modern edition of Thomas Robinson’s complete music for cittern, several editions of 18th-century cittern music, and has published several articles on cittern and guitar history. The tutor and the Robinson edition are also avaliable directly from Doc.