Thursday, January 28, 2010
The Oud is a stringed, wooden instrument that is thought to be a little over 5000 years old. It may have first been played in the Arabian Gulf, but later the center of Oud scholarship moved north to Baghdad. As the Islamic empire spread across the Middle East and into North Africa the Oud went with it. When Islam spread into southern Europe, once again the the Oud came along. The Europeans had trouble pronouncing the name of this new instrument called Al-Oud, but they quickly incorporated its sound. The name slowly changed from Al-Oud to the more Spanish sounding, El Lute and finally just the Lute.