- While performances by several instruments in concert were given in
Renaissance Italy, they were usually for the aristocratic few. On the other
hand, solo instrumental performances were almost fanatically popular. It
was said that men went to church not to pray but to hear a great organist
like Squarcialupi or Orcagna. When Pietro Buno played the lute at the court
of Borso in Ferrara the sould of the listeners, we are told, flew out of
this world into another.