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Publications Index

Facsimile SeriesLute in Ensemble
Solo Renaissance Lute, student materialsGuitar
Solo Renaissance Lute, English ’Golden Age’ musicContemporary compositions
Solo Renaissance Lute, Continental composersPosters and gifts
Solo Baroque LuteDrawings of original instruments
DuetsWorking Drawings for makers
TriosRose drawings and restoration reports
Early English Lute SongsBooklets
Contemporary Lute SongsBooks and Recordings
Contemporary Shakespeare SongsJournals


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Facsimile Series
The Mathew Holmes Manuscripts I: Cambridge University Library MS Dd.2.11 The crown jewels of the English renaissance lute repertoire, in a beautiful full-colour facsimile. 324 pieces, 200 pages of music, mostly for 6-course lute, some for 7-course lute or bandora, by Dowland, Holborne, Cutting, Pilkington, Bacheler, Allison, Ferrabosco, Francesco da Milano and others. The unique source of 5 pieces by Dowland, and some remarkable anonymous works. A must for any serious devotee of the lute; and even includes some easy pieces for beginners, added by the scribe as page-fillers!
Three volumes in hardback slipcase: 200 page full colour facsimile, plus 70 page commentary, and 8 page fascicle of reconstructions of obscure staves.
ISBN 978 0 905655 71 0
2100 grams Members: £50

Non-members: £75

Wolf Jacob Laufensteiner (1676ˆ1754): Partie en B flat Major (c. 1720) for 11-course baroque lute, edited by Peter Lay and Robert Spencer. A 6-movement suite in the tuneful galant style, from a manuscript in the Robert Spencer collection, in facsimile and modern French tablature, 15 pages. 180 grams Members: £5

Non-members: £7

ViewKraków Mus. ms 40641 for 7 to 10-course lute, mostly playable on a 7-course instrument, with an introductory study by Robert Spencer, John H. Robinson and François-Pierre Goy. An early 17th century English MS, containing 26 pieces: 7 by Robert Johnson, 4 by John Sturt; one is by Bocquet and one by Robert Dowland; the rest are courantes and ballets by ’Anon’,40 pages. ISBN 0 905655 19 2 260 grams Members: £7

Non-members: £10

The Folger 'Dowland' Manuscript for 6 to 7-course lute (mostly 6-course), edited by Ian Harwood, John H. Robinson and Christopher Goodwin. A manuscript in use from before 1594, to the early 17th century, 78 facsimile pages with 75 pieces of music, including autograph works by John Johnson, and John Dowland. With introduction and concordances. 114 pages, ISBN 0 905655 28 1 500 grams Members: £15

Non-members: £22

The Welde Lute Book for 6 to 7-course lutes, edited by Ian Harwood, John H. Robinson, Martin Shepherd and Stewart McCoy. A manuscript of c.1600, with 60 facsimile pages containing 39 pieces of music by Dowland, Bacheler, Collard, Holborne, Byrd, John Johnson and Robert Johnson. With introduction and concordances. 96 pages, ISBN 0 905655 39 7 620 grams Members: £15

Non-members: £22

ViewOsborn fb7 for 7-course lute, edited by Stewart McCoy, with Ian Harwood and John H. Robinson. A manuscript, now in the Beinecke Collection at Yale, from around 1630, with 9 pages containing 42 pieces, many of them easy. With introduction, full critical commentary on each piece, concordances and bibliography, clear modern tablature transcriptions of each piece, including reconstructions of the ensemble pieces (a lute duet and psalms for lute and voices); plus an appendix with closely related cittern solos. 78 pages.
ISBN 0 905655 50 8
450 grams Members: £14

Non-members: £21

ViewWickhambrook Lute Manuscript The Wickhambrook Lute Manuscript is no. 6 in our series of lute book facsimiles.  It is a large folio-sized manuscript compiled in the 1590s, perhaps to collect and preserve lute music by John Johnson, who died in 1594, and whose works predominate in this source. It contains what seems to be an autograph of his son, Robert Johnson. It contains 24 pieces, all for 6-course lutes, including two duets; 11 by John Johnson, 4 by Dowland (this is the unique source of ‘Tarleton’s Resurrection’), 2 by Philip van Wilder, one each by Holborne, Peter Philips, and Lassus, and 5 by anon. The original hands are beautifully clear and easy to play from. An extremely detailed introductory study by Ian Harwood considers the manuscript’s provenance and known history, with exhaustive lists of concordances and cognates from John H. Robinson. 56 pages. 520 grams Members: £15

Non-members: £22

ViewLibros de Musica para Vihuela 1536-1576 A CD ROM of colour facsimiles of all the seven great vihuela prints (Milan, Mudarra, Valdarrabano, Daza, Pisador, Fuenllana and Narvaez); more or less the entire vihuela repertoire, edited by Gerrardo Arriaga, Javier Somoza. It is amazing value and easy to use.
While stocks last.
Runs in Windows 95, 98, 2000 and XP only
200 grams Members: £42

Non-members: £42


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Modern Editions: Solo Renaissance Lute
Student materials
View58 Very Easy Pieces for Renaissance Lute edited by Christopher Goodwin, John H. Robinson, and Jeanne Fisher, with left-hand fingerings by Lynda Sayce. 58 very easy pieces for 6-course lute, in a variety of styles, chosen from English, and Italian sources, approximately graded in order of difficulty for the beginner, or those wanting something genuinely easy to play, for a change! 40 pages. ISBN 0 905655 22 2 300 grams Members: £7

Non-members: £10

View58 Very Easy Pieces for Renaissance Lute NOW WITH CD edited by Christopher Goodwin, John H. Robinson, and Jeanne Fisher, with left-hand fingerings by Lynda Sayce. 58 very easy pieces for 6-course lute, in a variety of styles, chosen from English, and Italian sources, approximately graded in order of difficulty for the beginner, or those wanting something genuinely easy to play, for a change! 40 pages. ISBN 0 905655 22 2

The accompanying CD, Blame not my Lute, recorded by Jacob Heringman, is also available as a download, with free try-before-you-buy option, from Magnatune
300 grams Members: £9

Non-members: £12

View40 Easy to Early Intermediate Pieces for Renaissance Lute edited by Christopher Goodwin, with left-hand fingerings provided by Jessica Gordon, typeset by Peter Lay. A sequel to 58 Very Easy Pieces for Renaissance Lute, containing 40 pieces from Cambridge University Library MS Dd.2.11, Negri’s Le Gratie d’’Amore (1602), and Judenkünig’s Utilis et compenditaria introductio of c.1519, graded according to difficulty with left-hand fingerings throughout. Progresses to barré chords. ISBN 0 905655 31 1 240 grams Members: £7

Non-members: £10

View70 Easy to Intermediate Pieces for Renaissance Lute edited by John Robinson. The third of our graded anthologies of easy pieces, starting with very easy music and progressing at little further, to intermediate level. Music from English, French, German, Italian and Low Countries sources; preludes, exercises and fantasias, with Continental dance forms predominating, for 6 or 7-course lute; all the pieces (but one) can be played on a 6-course lute. 70 pieces, 48 pages,
ISBN 978 0 905655 70.
280 grams Members: £7

Non-members: £10

ViewLessons for the Lute intermediate pieces selected and fully fingered by Anthony Bailes and Anne van Royen. First published in 1983, now reprinted with corrections and expanded commentary, 19 pieces, 47 pages, All for 6-course lute.
ISBN 0 905655 03 6.
260 grams Members: £7

Non-members: £10

ViewHans Newsidler (c.1508/9–1563): Das Erst Buch (1544) with CD edited and transcribed by Stewart McCoy. 42 simple and attractive pieces for 6-course lute, carefully graded by the composer in order of difficulty, in French tablature, 40 pages.

With CD by noted lutenist Jacob Heringman of the entire contents of the book, graded to make an attractive programme
360 grams Members: £12

Non-members: £18

ViewHans Newsidler (c.1508/9–1563): Das Erst Buch (1544) without CD edited and transcribed by Stewart McCoy. 42 simple and attractive pieces for 6-course lute, carefully graded by the composer in order of difficulty, in French tablature, 40 pages.

260 grams Members: £7

Non-members: £10

ViewA recording by noted lutenist Jacob Heringman of the entire contents of Neusidler’s Das Erst Buch, graded to make an attractive programme. 110 grams Members: £7

Non-members: £10

ViewO Happie Ground Duets edited by Gordon Gregory. Follow in the footsteps of Elizabethan lute students with this collection of 20 treble and ground duets, by John Johnson, Richard Allison, anon and others, all fully fingered, for two 6-course lutes. If you don't have a duet partner, you can play duet parts over your Midi system, from www.lutesoc.co.uk/pages/o-happie-ground, two partbooks, 60pp and 12pp, ISBN 978 0 905655 74 1 350 grams Members: £7

Non-members: £10

View114 Early to Intermediate Pieces for Renaissance Lute from a Student’s Lute Book of 1603 and other Manuscripts, edited by John Robinson; 36 pieces for 6-course lute, 45 for or playable on 7-course; and 28 pieces for 10-course lute (mostly playable on 7-course with adjustment). The core of the anthology is a complete transcription of a Jena student’s lute book of 1603 (now Dresden MS M 297), plus  music from seven other Continental manuscripts of the same period; English, Dutch, French, Italian and German pieces: preludes, ballets, courantes, saltarelli, passamezzi and other grounds, song tunes, and a few fantasias and variant forms of Dowland pieces, 78pp,
ISBN 978 0 905655 79 6.
450 grams Members: £10

Non-members: £15

View25 Easy Lute Pieces by Gilbert Isbin, newly composed for six-course lute, in no more than two-part harmony, in a very accessible modern style. 32 pages.
ISBN 978 0 95655 80 2
240 grams Members: £6

Non-members: £9

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Lutecosmos for Renaissance Lute, volume 1; first of a series of albums of newly-written pieces by Brian Wright, intended to complement existing lute tutor books, emphasising developing musicianship from the very first steps; even open-string pieces with which the first volume begins are intended to be played as pieces of music, with expression and phrasing. All pieces in volume 1 are on single strings only; 24 pages of music; 110g, ISBN 978 0 905655 81 9 110 grams Members: £6

Non-members: £9

ViewLutecosmos for Renaissance Lute, volume 2; newly-written pieces by Brian Wright for students, all on single strings only, particularly useful to students and teachers as it contains 20 duets in all the principal dance forms of the 16th-17th centuries. 37 pages of music; ISBN 978 0 90565582 6 160 grams Members: £6

Non-members: £9

ViewLutecosmos for Renaissance Lute, volume 3 The music in volume 3 is all in first position, without chords but with the introduction of open bass strings to imply two-part writing; this volume also introduces arpeggiation, repeated notes and tremolo, 24 pp, ISBN 978 0 905655 86 4. 110 grams Members: £6

Non-members: £9

ViewLutecosmos for Renaissance Lute, volume 4 is the fourth volume in Brian Wright’s series of albums intended to help form the novice lutenist both as a player and a musician. It contains studies with two-note chords, then three, four, five and six-note chords; and introduces barré chords, and exploration of the higher positions. ISBN 978 0 905655 97 0, 32pp, ISBN 978 0 905655 86 4. 120 grams Members: £6

Non-members: £9

ViewLutecosmos for Renaissance Lute, volume 5, by Brian Wright, concluding his series of student volumes, with some harder chords, frequent forays onto the body frets, complex rhythms, and the requirement to play some harmonics. ISBN 978 0 905655 99 4, 36 pp, 140 grams Members: £6

Non-members: £9

ViewComplete Lutecosmos for Renaissance lute. Lutecosmos is a contemporary and graded lute tutor in 5 books, exploring most aspects of lute technique from the elementary pieces in Book 1 to those at grade 6-8 level in book 5.
Set of all five Lutecosmos volumes by Brian Wright at a discount price.
640 grams Members: £24

Non-members: £36

View57 Easy Pieces in Italian Tablature: Il Manoscritto MBs 1511b  edited by Gian Luca Lastraioli and Francesco Tribioli, published by the Italian Societa del Liuto and sold with their kind permission, with  introductory essay in Italian; a gentle introduction to playing from Italian tablature. The complete contents of an early 16th century MS for 6-course lute. 48 pages. 160 grams Members: £8

Non-members: £8


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Modern Editions: Solo Renaissance Lute
English ’Golden Age’ lute music
View43 Lyra Viol Tablatures for solo instrument from Tobias Hume’s The First Part of Ayres (1605) edited by Ian Gaskell, presents most of the solo tablatures from that source, for a 6-course instrument in conventional renaissance tuning, intended for lyra viol, but they can be played on the lute as they stand, or better, adapted a little to make them more lutenistic. 43 pieces, 48pp, ISBN 978 0 905655 87 1 180 grams Members: £7

Non-members: £10

ViewThe Solo Lute Music of Richard Allison edited by John Robinson and Stewart McCoy, with a biographical sketch by Robert Spencer. The first modern edition of this major Elizabethan composer. 17 pieces for (mostly 6-course) lute (many in multiple versions) 1 for bandora, 3 for cittern, 93 pages, ISBN 0 905655 02 8. 440 grams Members: £15

Non-members: £22

ViewThe Complete Works of John Danyel, Volume 1: Lute Works edited by Martin Shepherd. 7 solos and 2 duets for 6 to 10-course lutes (mostly 7 or 8c) by one of the finest ’Golden Age’ composers,with concordances and critical commentary, 29pages, ISBN 0905655 09 5. 280 grams Members: £7

Non-members: £10

ViewEight Pieces by Cuthbert Hely for Ten-Course Lute edited and transcribed by Matthew Spring. The first edition of the complete works of this remarkably original 17th-century composer, in French tablature and keyboard transcription, 30 pages, ISBN 0 905655 04 4. 210 grams Members: £7

Non-members: £10

ViewAnthony Holborne, Music for Lute and Bandora for 6 to 9-course lutes (mostly playable on 6 or 7-course lutes), transcribed and edited in two volumes by Rainer aus dem Spring. Holborne is the second best-represented composer in the sources after John Dowland: volume 1 (218 pages) contains 58 lute solos, plus variant versions, 19 bandora solos, 2 lute songs, 10 appendix items; volume 2 (148 pages) contains full critical commentary, with variant bars fully written out in tablature. ISBN 0 905655 20 6. 1400 grams Members: £20

being reprinted, expected summer 2009

Non-members: £30

being reprinted, expected 2012

ViewLute Intabulations of Works by Peter Philips edited by David Smith and John Robinson. All known versions of the four great hits of this English emigré composer, the Dolorosa pavan and galliard, and the 1580 pavan and galliard, as they are found intabulated for lute or lute duet (plus a song version) in sources all over Europe. Contains a 22-page critical essay with concordances and full textual commentary, and 23 pieces (36 pages) of music.Mostly for 6-course lute. ISBN 0 905655 17 6 320 grams Members: £7

Non-members: £10

ViewThe Complete Lute Solos of Philip Rosseter edited by Robert Spencer, Stewart McCoy and John Robinson. 10 solos, 4 in alternative versions from different sources, for 6 to 9-course lutes by this accomplished musician of the ’Golden Age’, 44 pages, ISBN 0 905655 13 3 320 grams Members: £7

Non-members: £10

View sample pageTunes of Old London edited by Lynda Sayce, formerly published by Sul Tasto Editions. 10 tunes from Playford’s Dancing Master in new arrangements for 8-course lute, 9 pages. 160 grams Members: £3

Non-members: £4

ViewThomas Mace, Eight 'Setts' for lute from Musick's Monument (1676) transcribed for 10-course renaissance lute, and for 10 string or alto classical guitar As a stylistic postscript to the English Golden Age, new transcriptions that make this attractive and not-too-difficult music accessible to those who do not have Mace's 12 course lute in French Flat tuning. The 10th course is sparingly used, so much of the music can be played on a standard 7-course renaissance lute with slight adaptation. A separate fascicle presents a guitar staff transcription for 10-string or alto guitar. 56 pages and 40 pages.
ISBN 0 978 0 905655 83 3
340 grams Members: £8

Non-members: £12


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Modern Editions: Solo Renaissance Lute
Continental renaissance composers
ViewThe Collected Lute Music of Marco Dall’Aquila edited by Denys Stephens and John H. Robinson. A much expanded and augmented bound edition of the complete works of one of the great early Italian lutenists, printed over several years in Lute News, with additional information, introduction, inventory, concordances, commentary and bibliography; 32 pages of introduction, and 101 pages of tablature, all for 6-course lute, much of it not too technically demanding. 600 grams Members: £10

Non-members: £15

ViewBritish Library Additional Manuscript 31389, a Venetian lute manuscript of c.1520 edited by Denys Stephens and John H. Robinson. Chronologically the fourth Italian MS containing a significant amount of lute music known to survive, after the Pesaro, Thibault and Capirola MSS, but it lacks rhythm signs, so heavy editing has been required. 12 dances, 9 dance-like pieces, 2 recercars, an incomplete piece of recercar type (all for solo lute), for 6-course lute in tuning, transcribed into French tab, 56 pages. ISBN 0 905655 54 0 300 grams Members: £7

Non-members: £10

ViewPhilip van Wilder, Music for Lute and Chanson Transcriptions For 6-course lute, the complete extant lute works of Henry VIII’s luter, edited by David Humphreys, with Ian Harwood and Stewart McCoy; 9 solo works (including the famous ’Dump Philip’or ’Arthur’s Dump’), a duet for two lutes a fifth apart, and 8 pieces for lute and voice or treble instrument; 49 pages of music in all, with critical commentary, with translations of French lyrics. ISBN 0 905655 23 0 400 grams Members: £7

Non-members: £10

ViewRenaissance Lute Music from German Sources for 6-course lute, edited and transribed into French tablature by Martin Shepherd. 56 pieces, chosen on grounds of musical quality from 16th century printed sources, and ranging from very easy to fairly hard. 92 pages. ISBN 0 905655 27 3 390 grams Members: £8

Non-members: £12

ViewSelections from Piccinini and Kapsberger for Solo Renaissance Lute transribed into French tablature and edited by Carin Zwilling, with biographical and bibliographical notes. Six pieces by Piccinini and four by Kapsberger in a variety of forms, for 7 to 10-course lute, mostly playable on 7-course lute, intended as a ’taster’ of these composers’works, 34 pages. ISBN 0 905655 26 5 260 grams Members: £6

Non-members: £9

ViewFrancesco da Milano Fantasias in British Sources edited by Gordon Gregory. All the music by Francesco da Milano in British manuscript sources, all 6-course,minimally edited to preserve local variants; 20 pieces of music: 11 fantasias close to the ’canonic’ versions, 3 ornamented or corrupt versions, and 6 pieces of doubtful attribution, 46 pages, ISBN 0 905655 15 X 290 grams Members: £7

Non-members: £10

ViewThirty Pieces for the Lute by Laurencini edited by Tim Crawford. Fantasies and other pieces by one of the leading Italian virtuosi of Dowland’s time, in French tablature, for 6 to 9-course lutes, 32 pages. 250 grams Members: £7

Non-members: £10

ViewThe Siena Lutebook: Transcriptions of the anonymous fantasias edited by Niki Andronikou, in Italian and French tab, and staff notation, with extensive commentary; 14 fantasias from this important 16th century source, for 6-course lute, intermediate level and above, 92 pages, ISBN 978 0 905655 72 7 290 grams Members: £7

Non-members: £10

ViewA Collection of Pieces for Solo Lute 1 from 17th century sources edited by Ian Gaskell; 23 pieces by Vallet, Kapsberger, Piccinini, Michaelangelo Galilei, Werl, Doni; particularly intended for 10-course lute, but as usual mostly playable on a 7-course lute, 32 pp, 112 grams Members: £6

Non-members: £9

ViewA Collection of Pieces for Solo Lute 2 from Continental European Sources edited by Ian Gaskell, 23 pieces from 16th century sources for 6-course lute, with a few 7-course and one 9-course pieces; music by Fuenllana, Pifaro, Molinaro, and Vincenzo Galilei, plus Verdelot and da Rore madrigal intabulations, 42 pp, 150 grams Members: £6

Non-members: £9


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Modern Editions: Solo Baroque Lute
ViewA Diverse Collection of Easy Pieces for the Baroque Lute, edited by Wilfred Foxe, contains 44 easier pieces, some arrangements and some original tablatures, from English, French, Italian, Scottish, German and Irish sources, with original pieces by composers including Bach, Weiss, Kropfgans, Mace, de Visée, Scarlatti and Reusner. The anthology is intended for the 13-course player, but quite a few of the pieces do not use the 12th and 13th courses and so could be played on an 11-course lute.
44 pp.
250 grams Members: £7

Non-members: £10

ViewBach for Baroque Lute, edited by Wilfred Foxe. Collected together from recent issues of Lute News. The works indicated for or associated with the lute in Bach’s lifetime: BWV 995, 996, 997, 998, 999, 1000 and 1006a, all for 13-course lute in D minor tuning, 12 pages of introduction and examples, 65 pages of French tablature, ISBN 978 0 905655 94 9, 270 grams Members: £8

Non-members: £12

ViewAn Anthology of Music by Sylvius Leopold Weiss, edited by Wilfred Foxe, presents clear performing editions of sonatas by the great master of the German baroque lute, for the 13-course lute. The pieces are: Prelude and Fugue in D minor, Sonata 24 in C, Sonata 27 in C minor, Sonata 83 in Bb, Sonata 21 in F minor, Sonata 12 in A, Tombeau sur la mort de Monsieur Cajetan Baron d’Hartig, Capriccio in D, and Tombeau sur la mort de Monsieur Comte de Logy; preceded by an introductory essay by the editor. 72 pages of music, ISBN 978 0 905655 92 5. 270 grams Members: £10

Non-members: £15

ViewJS Bach, 3 Sonatas and 3 Partitas for Violin Solo, BWV 1001-1006a Arranged for lute by Gusta Goldschmidt
These sonatas and partitas were arranged for 13-course baroque lute by one of the great 20th century pioneers of the lute revival. This edition, published by Saul B. Groen, is now on sale through the Lute Society by kind permission of Tony Bailes.
640 grams Members: £25

Non-members: £25

ViewSylvius Leopold Weiss: Six Sonatas for 11-Course Lute edited by Peter Lay. Six sonatas (suites) and a fantasie, edited from the London and Dresden Weiss manuscripts, 39 pages, ISBN 0 905655 05 2. 250 grams Members: £8

Non-members: £10

ViewG. F. Handel, Suite in G minor, arranged for archlute Formerly published by Sul Tasto Editions, an arrangement by Lynda Sayce of a keyboard suite by Handel for 14-course archlute, a useful edition to the music for an instrument whose solo repertoire is rather limited. 12 pages.
ISBN 0 905655 43 5
160 grams Members: £4

Non-members: £6


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Modern Editions: Duets
View Courante, French Baroque Lute Duets A ‘play along’ edition of baroque lute duets, published by Gamut Music. The music consists of a suite each by Dubut, Dufault and Vieux Gaultier, plus two chaconnes, these last with newly written contreparties. The edition consists of two partbooks, each with a CD of the complementary part tucked in at the back. Good lay-flat ring binding for ease of use.
Sheet music with the play-along CDs: WHILE STOCKS LAST
350 grams Members: £20

Non-members: £20

View Courante, French Baroque Lute Duets A ‘play along’ edition of baroque lute duets, published by Gamut Music. As above, plus also a normal CD recording by Edward Martin and Thomas Walker performing the duets.

Sheet music with the play-along CDs, plus a normal CD of the duets: WHILE STOCKS LAST
400 grams Members: £25

Non-members: £25

View Courante, French Baroque Lute Duets The CD recording by Edward Martin and Thomas Walker performing the duets described above.

WHILE STOCKS LAST
100 grams Members: £10

Non-members: £10

ViewMusica Natalis Book 2. Duets for two 6-course lutes, easy to early intermediate level, presenting divisions, variations and ‘reflections’ on 15 Christmas carols from England, France and Germany, some of them in several movements, presented arranged by Brian Wright and presented in his autograph score, 60pp, 300 grams Members: £7

Non-members: £10

ViewDuets by Francesco da Milano and Joanne Matelart edited by Gordon Gregory. The two lute duets by Francesco himself, and the seven solos by Francesco and others to which Matelart added a second part. All for 6-course lutes. Five of the pieces were originally written for lutes a tuned a tone apart, and this edition includes alternative versions for equal lutes, two books 14 and 10 pages,
ISBN 0 905655 08 7.
230 grams Members: £7

Non-members: £10

ViewE G Baron: Suite for 2 Lutes edited by Lynda Sayce, formerly published by Sul Tasto Editions. A 4-movement suite for two equal 11-course lutes by the author of the famous 1727 treatise on the history and theory of the lute, two books, 8 and 5 pages. 170 grams Members: £4

Non-members: £6

ViewVincentio Galilei: Five Duets from ’Fronimo’ (1584) edited by Lynda Sayce, formerly published by Sul Tasto Editions. 2 intabulations for lutes a tone apart, a fuga and two very beautiful contrapunti for lutes in unison, all for 6-course lutes, by the father of Galileo the astronomer, two books, 8 and 7 pages. 180 grams Members: £4

Non-members: £6

ViewDuets from the Phalèse Anthologies, Volume 1 edited by Lynda Sayce, formerly published by Sul Tasto Editions. Intabulations, dances, and a fantasia, 9 for lutes in unison, 9 for lutes a tone apart, all for 6 course lutes; two books 26 and 25 pages. 330 grams Members: £10

Non-members: £15

ViewDuets from the Phalèse Anthologies, Volume 2 edited by David Humphreys. 5 duets for lutes tuned a fourth apart, 9 for lutes tuned a fifth apart, all for 6 course lutes, two books, 30 and 24 pages. ISBN 0 905655 11 7. 330 grams Members: £10

Non-members: £15

ViewWilliam Lawes: Suite for Two Lutes William Lawes’ only known compositions for lute, a suite of three duets, here transcribed and edited in three versions: in the original tuning, in renaissance tuning (by Lynda Sayce) and transposed into C major (by Chris Wilson), all for two 10-course lutes, 10 pages. 160 grams Members: £3

Non-members: £4

ViewWolf Heckel: Lute Duets edited by Lynda Sayce, formerly published by Sul Tasto Editions. 12 duets, based on chansons, madrigals and German dances, for 6-course lutes tuned a fourth apart, two books, 25 and 18 pages. 300 grams Members: £10

Non-members: £15


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Modern Editions: Trios
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Trios from Tobias Hume ’s Poeticall Musicke (1607) for two tablature instruments and bass edited by Ian Gaskell presents 23 very attractive trios (plus two duets, without bass part, from Captain Hume’s Musicall Humours of 1605) from Hume’s multi-use publication, which states on its title page that one performance option is two lutes with a bass instrument. The bass can also be played continuo-style, on a third lute. Three partbooks, two in tablature for 6-course instruments in conventional renaissance tuning, and one in bass staff notation. 28pp, 28pp and 24pp, ISBN 978 0 905655 88 8 340 grams Members: £10

Non-members: £15

ViewMusic for Lute Consort c.1500 edited by Jon Banks. 16 trios and one duet from late 15th century sources, three single lines IN STAFF NOTATION, printed in score. This music was probably originally intended to by played on lutes, but can be played in ensemble with other instruments. 60 pages.
ISBN 0905655 52 4
260 grams Members: £7

Non-members: £10

ViewMusic for Lute Consort c.1500, volume 2 edited by Jon Banks. A further 16 trios from late 15th century sources, three single lines IN STAFF NOTATION, printed in score. This music was probably originally intended to be played on lutes, but can be played in ensemble with other instruments. Playable on equal lutes, one must be for more than 6 courses for some pieces. 64 pages.
ISBN 0905655 64 2
270 grams Members: £7

Non-members: £10

ViewMusic for Lute Consort c.1500, volume 3 edited by Jon Banks. A further 26 trios from late 15th century sources, three single lines IN STAFF NOTATION, printed in score. This music was probably originally intended to be played on lutes, but can be played in ensemble with other instruments. Playable on equal lutes, one must be for more than 6 courses for some pieces.72 pages.
ISBN 0 905655 778 9 ]
280 grams Members: £7

Non-members: £10


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Modern Editions: Early English lute songs
ViewLamentatio Henrici Noel, Psalms and Canticles (c.1596) set by John Dowland edited by Ron Andrico. Scores of the seven psalms set by Dowland for the funeral of his aristocratic patron Sir Henry Noel in early 1597, with transcriptions for 7-course lute and voice. Easy voice parts, early intemediate lute parts. ISBN 978 0 956555 95 6, 40 pages, 160 grams Members: £7

Non-members: £10

ViewThe English Lute Song before Dowland: Volume 1, Songs from the Dallis Manuscript c. 1583 edited by Christopher Goodwin. 19 songs (16 with original or suggested texts, 3 without text), transposed where necessary for 6-course lute in G, 2 lute solos, and a lute quintet, 47 pages. ISBN 0 905655 01 X. 300 grams Members: £8

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ViewThe English Lute Song before Dowland: Volume 2 Songs from Additional Manuscript 4900 and Other Early Sources edited by Christopher Goodwin. 20 songs (18 with original texts, 1 with suggested text, 1 untexted) thought to be typical of English lute song in the 1560s, transposed for 6-course lute in G where necessary, 50 pages ISBN 0 905655 07 9. 330 grams Members: £8

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ViewRobert Jones's Second Book of Songs (1601) (Vol 1. songs 1-7) edited by Cedric Lee from Green Man Publications. The second of five lute ayre collections by one of the most prolific ayre composers of the English renaissance, unusual in including fully texted bass parts, and lyra viol tablature parts. This edition provides fascicles or partbooks for every combination of forces: a score for treble and bass voices with piano transcription, treble voice and lute tablature, bass voice and lute tablature (in case the lute player also sings bass!), bass viol and lyra viol. 300 grams Members: £9

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ViewRobert Jones's Second Book of Songs (1601) (Vol 2. songs 8-14) edited by Cedric Lee from Green Man Publications. The second of five lute ayre collections by one of the most prolific ayre composers of the English renaissance, unusual in including fully texted bass parts, and lyra viol tablature parts. This edition provides fascicles or partbooks for every combination of forces: a score for treble and bass voices with piano transcription, treble voice and lute tablature, bass voice and lute tablature (in case the lute player also sings bass!), bass viol and lyra viol. 300 grams Members: £9

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ViewRobert Jones's Second Book of Songs (1601) (Vol 3. songs 15-21) edited by Cedric Lee from Green Man Publications. The second of five lute ayre collections by one of the most prolific ayre composers of the English renaissance, unusual in including fully texted bass parts, and lyra viol tablature parts. This edition provides fascicles or partbooks for every combination of forces: a score for treble and bass voices with piano transcription, treble voice and lute tablature, bass voice and lute tablature (in case the lute player also sings bass!), bass viol and lyra viol. 300 grams Members: £9

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ViewJohn Dowland, Eight Lute Songs or Duets, from the Second Booke of Songs or Ayres (1600) edited by Cedric Lee from Green Man publications. Here are some of Dowland’s most famous songs, including 'Flow my tears' and 'I saw my lady weep' which remarkably have not been published before in a performing edition with fully texted bass part, as they clearly appear in the original source. This edition provides fascicles or partbooks for every combination of forces: a score for treble and bass voices with piano transcription, treble voice and lute tablature, plus duplicate, bass voice and lute tablature (in case the lute player also sings bass!), and separate bass viol part. 310 grams Members: £10

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Modern Editions: Songs
ViewMusica Natalis 3 by Brian Wright. 25 Popular Christmas Carol Melodies arranged for Voice (or melody instrument) and Renaissance Lute presents scores of 25 popular English carols (‘O little town of Bethlehem’, ‘Away in a manger’, ‘Good King Wenceslas’ etc.) for voice and 6-course lute. The arrangements are new, in Brian’s fresh and accessible style, of easy to intermediate standard – a very useful edition. 50 pp, 280 grams Members: £6

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ViewSongs from the Sanskrit for voice and lute by Brian Wright, seven songs for voice and 6-course lute, in a modern yet accessible style, calling for intermediate to advanced technique from both. ISBN 978 0 905655 93 2, 20 pp, 90 grams Members: £4

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ViewFrottole edited by Ian Gaskell. Five songs by Tromboncino, Cara and Josquin d’Ascanio, clearly presented in a score, three partbooks for alto, tenor and bass viols, and partbooks for voice and for lute, allowing performance with either lute, viol consort, or both; 40 + 20 + 20 + 12 + 12 + 12 pp; 400 grams Members: £10

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View Gilbert Isbin, 10 Lute Songs is a collection of 10 attractive new lute songs by the noted composer, setting poems by Marcus Cumberlege, in an accessible modern style. The accompaniments are for 6-course lute, and both lute and voice parts call for early intermediate or intermediate technique. 29 pages of music; ISBN 978 0 905655 90 1. 140 grams Members: £6

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View19 English Folk Songs edited by Christopher Goodwin, is a collection of new arrangements of English folk songs for voice and 7-course lute (all are playable on a 6-course instrument); the songs are easy, and the accompaniments mostly of early intermediate standard. Some arrangements are by Kristian Buhl Mortensen, or Cecil Sharp (intabulated editorially); most are new arrangements by Chris Goodwin. 44 pages, ISBN 0 905655 57 5 260 grams Members: £7

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ViewClair de Lune, Five poems of Paul Verlaine for voice and lute This is Brian Wright’s most recent song cycle, setting poems by Verlaine in the original French, set in Brian Wright’s characteristically modern yet accessible style, and combining diverse influences, from jazz to baroque lute; for a 6-course lute, intermediate technique. 20 pages. ISBN 0 905655 58 3 200 grams Members: £4

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ViewA Chinese Lachrimae: Seven Songs of Sorrow for Voice and Renaissance Lute by Brian Wright. Seven settings of Chinese poetry in English translations, for voice and 6-course lute, intermediate to advanced level; composer’s autograph score. 16 pages.
ISBN 0 905655 29 X
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Three Lyric Poems for Voice & Lute by Brian Wright. Three lute song settings of texts by the Italian renaissance poet Torquato Tasso. The songs call for an intermediate technique in both singer and lute player, and a 6-course lute. 16 pages, 80g. ISBN 9780 905655 66 6 200 grams Members: £4

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Five Christmas Carols by Brian Wright. Five beautiful new settings of mediaeval carol texts for voice and 6-course lute, calling for intermediate level technique from both the singer and the lutenist, in Brian’s distinctively modern yet accessible style. 16 pages. ISBN 978 0 905655 76 5. 80 grams Members: £4

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Sister Awake by Brian Wright. Nine songs setting 17th century womens' poetry for 6-course renaissance lute (intermediate, sometimes advanced) and soprano with a good sense of pitch. 40 pp, ISBN 978 0 905655 772 150 grams Members: £4

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Modern Editions: Brian Wright Shakespeare Songs
ViewSigh again, Shakespeare! by Brian Wright. A collection of six songs for voice and renaissance lute setting texts by Shakespeare, in the composer’s autograph score. The accompaniments call for a 6-course lute, with a few optional diapason notes, and an intermediate level of technique. 24 pages.
ISBN 0 905655 51 6
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ViewBrian Wright, A New Varietie of Shakespeare Songs The second instalment of Brian Wright’s project to compose new settings for all the song texts in Shakespeare’s plays. The new volume consists of seven songs for voice and six-course lute, calling for intermediate technique in both, and composed in Brian Wright’s characteristically modern yet accessible style, in autograph score. 24 pages.
ISBN 0 905655 59 1
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ViewBrian Wright, O Mistress Mine. The third volume in Brian Wright’s project to compose new lute song settings for all the songs in Shakespeare’s plays. Nine songs for a 6-course lute and vocalist, calling for a reasonably advanced technique from both. Modern yet acessible style, with lots of mellow jazz chords. 28 pages.
ISBN 9870905655741.
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Orpheus with his Lute The fourth volume in Brian Wright’s project to compose new lute song settings for all the songs in Shakespeare’s plays. Eight songs for a 6-course lute and vocalist, calling for an intermediate technique from both; perhaps a little easier than the other volumes in the series. Modern yet acessible style, very expressive. 40 pp ISBN 987 0 905655 84 0 160 grams Members: £5

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Love, Love, Nothing but Love, by Brian Wright, the fifth and last of a series of albums of Shakespeare settings; 11 song settings for a good singer and an intermediate-to-advanced 6-course lute player. ISBN 978 0 905655 98 7; 44 pp, 170 grams Members: £5

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ViewComplete set of Shakespeare songs. Settings of all 42 songs from Shakespeare’s plays. All five Brian Wright books of Shakespeare's songs at a discount price. We believe that this is the first time in the history of music that one composer has set all 42 songs! 160 pages 850 grams Members: £20

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Modern Editions: Lute in ensemble
ViewFour Chamber Sonatas by Nicola Francesco Haym (1678-1729) for melody instrument and baroque lute, edited by Wilfred Foxe; four attractive sonatas from an undated print, of c.1708-1712. Wilfred Foxe has realised the figured bass for 11-course baroque lute; this edition consists of a score for the melody instrument and baroque lute, with a separate fascicle containing the figured bass part. 36pp and 16pp, ISBN 978 0 905655 89 5 240 grams Members: £10

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ViewBrian Wright, Three for Two: Canario, Habanera, Tarantella Three duos for 6c renaissance lute and renaissance flute / treble recorder / melody instrument. A score in the composer’s own hand, accessible contemporary style, early intermediate / intermediate level. 10 pages.
ISBN 0 905665 37 0
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Brian Wright, Three dialogues for treble viol or other melody instrument and lute Three duos for renaissance lute and treble viol or other melody instrument. A score in the composer’s own hand, accessible contemporary style, and duplicate pages to avoid page turns. Intermediate level. ISBN 0 905655 56 7 180 grams Members: £4

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Modern Editions: Guitar
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Giovanni Battista Granata (1620/1-1687), the complete trio sonatas for two violins (/ recorders) and basso continuo, from: Armoniosi toni di varie suonate musicali (1684) edited by Richard Mackenzie. It contains of a score of 112 pp, two violin partbooks, 28 pp. + 28 pp, a French and Italian tab baroque guitar booklet, 48 pp. and a staff-notation guitar part 28 pp. and extensive critical commentary. A very substantial piece of work, with a lot of lovely music. 950 grams Members: £20

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View19 Easy to Early Intermediate Pieces for Baroque Guitar from French and Iberian Manuscripts edited by Monica Hall; little-known pieces from manuscript sources, addding to the stock of easy and intermediate music available to baroque guitarists. Ten pieces, including works by Le Cocq and Corbetta, are in French tablature, and nine more, all by ’anon’ are in Italian tablature. 24 pages.
ISBN 0 905655 45 1
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ViewFrancesco da Milano and Joanne Matelart, Six lute duets arranged for two guitars An edition for two classical guitars made by James R. Smith from Gordon Gregory’s lute tablature edition (see above); some of the best duets in the repertoire. 20 and 20 pages.
ISBN 0 905655 46 X
280 grams Members: £7

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ViewThomas Mace, Eight Setts for lute from Musick's Monument (1676) transcribed for 10-course lute and for classical guitar New transcriptions that make this attractive and not-too-difficult music accessible to those who do not have a 12 course lute in French Flat tuning, or classical guitar. The 10th course is sparingly used, so much of the music can be played on a 7-course lute with slight adaptation. ISBN 0 978 0 905655 83 3 340 grams Members: £8

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Contemporary compositions
View7 old Flemish songs for solo lute, arramged by Gilbert Isbin, calling for intermediate technique on a 6-course lute. 14 pp. 150 grams Members: £4

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ViewHarvest, 18 compositions for solo lute, is the latest offering of contemporary works by Gilbert Isbin. The compositions are all for 6-course lute, and require early intermediate to intermediate technique. A CD recording by Stathis Skandalidis will be released on a CD in 2015. 42pp. 240 grams Members: £5

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ViewBrian Wright, Metamorphosis on a Galliard of John Dowland for Renaissance Lute A technically advanced work, which is dedicated to lutenist and guitarist Stathis Skandalidis, and has been typeset by Wilfred Foxe, for 6-course lute. 20 pages 180 grams Members: £4

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ViewMusica Natalis Book 1 54 Christmas carols from England, Cornwall, the Czech lands, France and Germany, in straightforward intabulations for 6 course lute, arranged by Brian Wright, in, mostly of early intermediate standard; 32pp, 240 grams Members: £6

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Brian Wright, Six Nostalgic Interludes for Baroque Lute These mostly call for an intermediate level of technique, and for 13-course lute, though some pieces could be played on 11-course lute.
16pp,
180 grams Members: £4

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ViewGilbert Isbin, Poems, 20 compositions for solo lute  A series of attractive pieces for 6-course lute, mostly calling for intermediate technique. 40 pp 250 grams Members: £5

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ViewGilbert Isbin, 10 Compositions for Solo Lute, volume 2, presents a further 10 pieces in an accessible contemporary style for 6-course lute, calling for early intermediate to intermediate technique. The style is modern but accessible. 24 pages. 110 grams Members: £5

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ViewRonn McFarlane, Indigo Road is a collection of contemporary compositions by the well-known lutenist Ronn McFarlane, written in 2007, for 10-course renaissance lute, and recorded on the Dorian label. We are honoured to have the opportunity to publish this music, previously published by Mignarda Editions. The edition consists of 16 pieces in an attractive modern style, in French tablature, and calling for a reasonably advanced technique. 37 pp of music; ISBN 978 0 905655 91 8 190 grams Members: £7

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ViewGilbert Isbin, Three Contemporary Lute Duets For two 6-course lutes, early intermediate level and upwards, in modern yet accessible style, in score and parts, 2 booklets, 24 pp and 8 pp, ISBN 978 0 905655 73 4 150 grams Members: £6

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ViewStephen Dodgson, Sketchbook for Two Lutes A suite of duets written by him for the duo Christopher Wilson and Tom Finucane in 1984. They were recorded by the duo and broadcast on BBC radio in 1987, and the edition (which consists of the composer’s autograph score in staff notation, with two partbooks, mostly in tablature) includes a CD of this recording. The music calls for two 6-course lutes, and a reasonably advanced technique. ISBN 0 905655 49 4 310 grams Members: £10

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ViewBrian Wright Chasing Shadows: Seven Easy Duets for Two Equal Lutes in the composer’s autograph score. These are indeed not too hard, as the textures are quite thin, and the rhythms easy - though with some high fret positions. ISBN 0 905655 50 8 210 grams Members: £4

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Brian Wright, Three Jazz Sketches for Renaissance Lute a jazz waltz, a jazz samba and a funky blues piece for renaissance lute, in the composer’s own hand, intermediate level, 6-course. 12 pages.
ISBN 0 905655 38 9
160 grams Members: £4

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ViewTears or Lamentations: Six Sundry Sighs for 10-course lute, composed in 1998 by Geoffrey Alvarez, in six movements with historically-inspired titles but in a contemporary vein, advanced standard, in staff notation only. ISBN 0 905655 32 X 200 grams Members: £4

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Brian Wright: Suite in Eight Movements for Solo Renaissance Lute in the composer’s own hand, with an introduction by him. In conventional vieil ton tuning, and in a fairly conservative compositional style, intermediate to advanced level. 24 pages.
ISBN 0 905655 24 9.
190 grams Members: £4

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ViewDavid Levy, Les Echos de Versailles, Three easy suites for 11-course baroque lute, in 17th century French style, written in 1994 by David Levy (and formerly published by Omega Editions). A useful and enjoyable work for those learning the baroque lute. ISBN 0 905655 41 9 190 grams Members: £4

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Brian Wright, Tombeau for Monsieur Reinhardt (1910ˆ53) A contemporary work, in the composer’s own hand, 5 movements for 6-course lute, not in Django Reinhardt’s style, but inspired by his musical personality. Contemporary yet accessible in style, intermediate to advanced technique. 16 pages.
ISBN 0 905655 44 3
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Brian Wright: Suite No. 2, Variations and Fugue on an Original Theme for solo lute a suite in five movements for 6-course lute, calling for an intermediate level of technique, and is in Brian’s characteristic modern yet accessible compositional style, in the composer’s hand. ISBN 0 905655 62 1 180 grams Members: £4

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ViewGilbert Isbin, 10 Compositions for Solo Lute 10 new pieces in an accessible contemporary style for six course lute, calling for intermediate to advanced technique. The pieces are entitled 'All the colour you bring', 'Afternoon shadow', 'Seasong', 'Reminiscence', 'Sunset Song', 'Painting', 'Portrait', 'Reflection', 'A Sunday' and 'Gift to the fall'. The style is modern but accessible. 28 pages.ISBN 978 0 905655 68 0 120 grams Members: £5

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Posters and Gifts
ViewPoster of a striking woodcut by Matio Pagano of c.1550, showing a lute, Guidonian hand, lute song and explanation of tablature. Printed on good quality card, measuring 35 x 47cm/ 14" x 19". Supplied in cardboard tube. A must for your practice room or workshop wall. 250 grams Members: £4

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ViewHistory of the Lute Poster. An attractive colour-printed double-sided wallchart with pictures and timelines showing the history of the instruments of the lute and guitar families. Published in conjunction with Andreas Schlegel and Joachim Luedtke's book The Lute in Europe, but available separately.
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ViewSteenwyck Vanitas teatowel The ultimate vanitas, wipe your dishes with this Harmen Steenwyck teatowel and contemplate the end of all things. Something to lift your eyes from the quotidian tasks. After that, you can console yourself by playing your lute.

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ViewSteenwyck Vanitas fridge magnet All things decay, even the food in your fridge, so remind yourself of the end of all things with this Harmen Steenwyck fridge magnet and keep healthy! Solid fridge magnet measures 79mm x 54mm.

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ViewBaschensis fridge magnet Maybe the closest you will get to owning a Michielle Harton lute. His brandmark can be seen on the end of the lute in this still life by Evaristo Baschensis (1617 – 1677). Flexible fridge magnet measures 85mm x 49mm.

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Drawings of original instruments
ViewJacquemart André vihuela drawings by Raphael (Maish) Weisman. This very large and very elaborate vihuela is made out of a marquetry of small pieces of different woods, possibly rosewood, and maple cut in various very difficult patterns. It is one of only four surviving vihuelas and has 6 courses on a string length of 798mm. 500 grams Members: £25

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ViewVihuela from Quito, the Relict of Saint Mariana de Jesús drawings by Carlos Gonzáles. Three beautifully detailed full-size sheets:
Photograph with braces and some other elements drawn in white lines
Plan of the the instrument in its current state, with dozens of thickness measurements for top, back and treble side
Working drawing for makers.
This a smaller vihuela than the Jaquemart-Andre and has a string length of 727mm
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ViewLute by Matheus Pocht 1519/Johann Georg Edlinger 1692 Thought to be the oldest surviving dated back, made by Matheus Pocht of 'Artzell pey Innsprügg' in 1519 and converted seemingly to an 11 course lute by Johann Georg Edlinger in 1692. The plans, consisting of two sheets and a PDF file of notes, show the whole instrument without its modern additions and all the belly details. Depending on bridge placement and exact neck length, an 11 course lute made on this body with nine frets clear of the body would have a string length of approximately 71/72cm .
Plans drawn and published by Paul Thomson.
900 grams Members: £75

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ViewLute by Gregori Ferdinand Wenger 1722 The work involved in restoring this instrument was less extensive than the Pocht, the soundboard in particular being in much better condition. There are two drawings and a PDF file of notes depicting the whole lute, belly thicknesses and barring details. The back is not depicted in quite as much detail as the Pocht having only one cross section at the widest point. I concentrated my time on the belly thicknesses and barring details, these being rather unusual and interesting with a comparatively thick and arched belly. The string length of the restored instrument is 76.4cm.
Plans drawn and published by Paul Thomson.
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ViewAnonymous Lute Originally the instrument was probably an early to mid-sixteenth century bass lute, though no conclusive evidence exists. It has since been converted at least twice prior to its three known 20th century conversions. Not knowing what its last historic conversion was, it was decided to restore it as a swan neck 13 course lute for which it had an appropriate body form and size. This lute could be appropriately used as a model for a bass lute (about 78cm string length with a 6 course neck) or perhaps a 'lesser French theorbo' with a similar or slightly longer fretted string length to the one of 76cm described in James Talbot's manuscript. The string length of the restored instrument is 75.5cm.
The plans consist of two drawings showing the body and the belly interior in detail and a PDF file of notes.
Plans drawn and published by Paul Thomson.
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ViewLute by Hans Frei, Warwick County Museum (67/1965) The original drawing from 1979 has been edited and updated with the addition of belly thicknesses and bar dimensions kindly supplied by Michael Lowe who opened the lute in 1981. Michael is hoping to write an article for the Lute Society Journal on aspects raised by his detailed study of the barring and belly. It is envisaged that Michael's belly drawings, containing details of the earlier barring traces, will be made available separately as a supplement to my drawing at a later date. In the meantime Michael has also kindly agreed to the inclusion of his barring measurements with the PDF file of notes.
Plans drawn and published by Paul Thomson.
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ViewAnonymous 5 course Guitar French? mid to late? 18th century guitar similar in form to the work of Michel Lambert (see p.235 of 'The Lute in Europe 2' by Andreas Schlegel & Joachim Lüdtke). String length 63.2cm.
Plan (one sheet)
Plans drawn and published by Paul Thomson.
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Working drawings for makers
ViewCD ROM Make your own lightweight lutecase. Developed for the Lute Society by David Van Edwards, this is a new idea for making lute cases using closed-cell foam, resulting a very lightweight, reasonably rigid case. Strong enough for casual everyday use and personal travel but not rivalling professional hard cases. Easy and very cheap to make using mostly breadknife and scissors! The course takes you step by step through the whole process in great detail with colour photos. 150 grams Members: £10

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View6 Course Lute by Stephen Barber, with explanatory notes. A lute of mid-16th century type, based on surviving instruments by Dieffopruchar and Gerle. String length 60cm. 350 grams Members: £10

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View7 Course Lute by Philip MacLeod-Coupe. Designed for use with LS Booklet No. 4, this has a simple body of semi-circular cross-section, so all the ribs are the same shape. String length 60cm. 350 grams Members: £10

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View10/11 Course Lute by Philip MacLeod-Coupe. An instrument of 17th century type, with body after Hans Frei. String length 65cm (10 course), 67.5cm (11 course). 350 grams Members: £10

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ViewChitarrone / theorbo by Stephen Gottlieb, with explanatory notes. A large chitarrone (theorbo) of early 17th century Italian type, based primarily on surviving instruments by Buechenberg, with 6 fingered courses (single or double) and eight single diapasons. String lengths 88.5/159.3cm. 350 grams Members: £20

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Rose drawings and restoration reports
ViewPDF Restoration file on the Pocht lute The extensive restoration work carried out on this lute, re-uniting the body with an old badly damaged soundboard (probably salvaged and pieced together by Edlinger) is documented in a thirty-four page PDF file containing colour photos and explanatory text. It is not meant as a guide on how to do restoration work but as an overview of the steps carried out. There are sixty-five colour photos and two B&W diagrams.

Please note that the PDF restoration files, will be sent as an email attachment and have been created for on-screen viewing only. The resolution of the images is not suitable for printing.

PDF file compiled and published by Paul Thomson.
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ViewPDF Restoration file on the Wenger lute A twenty-one page PDF file showing the instrument before, during and after restoration, with twenty-nine colour photographs and one B&W photograph.

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PDF file compiled and published by Paul Thomson.
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ViewPDF restoration file on an anonymous lute Restoration of this instrument was carried out over a period of nine years, working on it in-between making other instruments. A twelve page PDF file showing the basic restoration stages with descriptive text, six black and white photographs and ten colour photographs can be purchased separately.

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ViewRose drawings, sheet 1 The original sheet of drawings, as previously advertised in the Lute Society journal, which were sold in the '80s and 90's. Eighteen roses, all from original instruments, printed on polyester film.
Roses drawn and published by Paul Thomson.
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ViewRose drawings, sheet 2 A new compilation of fourteen rose patterns, three of which are triple roses. One of the triple roses is from an original instrument and the others are combinations of selected original single roses.
Printed on polyester film.
Roses drawn and published by Paul Thomson.
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Lute Society Booklets
ViewGut-Strung Plucked Instruments Contemporary with the Lute by Donald Gill, 24 pages. 150 grams Members: £3

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ViewWire-strung Plucked Instruments Contemporary with the Lute by Donald Gill, 24 pages. 150 grams Members: £3

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ViewLute Construction by Philip MacLeod-Coupe, 40 pages. Note: this booklet describes a method of construction based on making identical ribs to build up a body of semi-circular cross-section without the use of a mould,. Whereas many luthiers today use moulds and produce lutes which are not exactly semi-circular. 180 grams Members: £4

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ViewLute Playing Technique by Diana Poulton, 36 pages. 180 grams Members: £4

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ViewThe Care of Your Lute by David Van Edwards. This tiny booklet is designed to fit in the string box of the average lute case and provides a handy guide to the maintenance and adjustment needs of your lute. 26 pages. 100 grams Members: £2

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ViewPlaying Lute Music on your Guitar by Peter Martin. 18 pages. ISBN 0 905655 18 4 180 grams Members: £4

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View’La guitarra a lo español’, Aspects of Guitar Performance Practice, 1525ˆ1775 by M. June Yakeley. 34 pages.
ISBN 0 905655 35 4
180 grams Members: £4

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ViewBaroque Guitar Stringing: a Survey of the Evidence by Monica Hall. 54 pages.
ISBN 0 905655 40 0
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ViewWire Strings at Helmingham Hall: an Instrument and a Music Book by Ian Harwood. A detailed description and discussion of the famous orpharion by John Rose belonging to Lord Tollemache, and of an important Elizabethan musical instruction book also discovered in Helmingham Hall. Illustrated throughout. 54 pages.
ISBN 0 905655 47 8
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ViewThe Lute in English Renaissance Verse 1500-1700, an Anthology compiled and edited by Christopher Goodwin. 76 pages.
ISBN 0 905655 61 3
140 grams Members: £5

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ViewFoMRHI Quarterly 109, August 2008 Volume of essays published by the Fellowship of Makers and Researchers of Historical Instruments, on sale through the Lute Society: Essays on the physics of lutes (FoMRHI Quarterly 109, August 2008) by Chris Coakley. 88 pages. 280 grams Members: £4

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ViewWith my Strings of Small Wire, cittern tutor by Roxana Gundry, reprinted with corrections, the only commercially available cittern tutor, contains sections on cittern history, technique, tablature, tuning, use of the plectrum, fingering, playing from notation, ground basses, harmonisation, ornamentation and care and maintenance of the instrument; there is a graded series of 26 pieces, plus a selection of a further 19 slightly harder pieces. 70 pages. 300 grams Members: £8

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ViewEssays on temperament, in FoMRHI Quarterly 123 Physicist Chris Coakley has contributed substantial papers, to Fomrhi Quarterly no. 123 (the publication of the Fellowship of Makers and Researchers of Historical Instruments) 96 pp. on ‘Dowland’s lute tuning, and other ancient methods, including Gerle’s’ and ‘Orpharion and cittern fret analysis and other ancient tunings including baroque lutes’. 11 pages. 150 grams Members: £4

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Books and Recordings
ViewOrphan Wailings, performed by Evelyn Tubb (soprano) and Anthony Rooley (lute). A cycle of seven contemporary lute song settings by Anthony Rooley, of renaissance poetry about the lute, plus the three contrasting settings of the text 'I saw my lady weep', by Ferrabosco, Morley and Dowland, and Anthony Rooley's lute song intabulation of Purcell's Funeral Sentences. We are proud to publish this CD, which is a significant addition to the contemporary repertoire and discography of the lute. 100 grams Members: £10

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ViewA Spagna in the Works, 16th century dances, divisions, and instrumental settings Alison Crum (early viols), Roy Marks (lute)

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ViewGreat Wonder, John Dowland and his contemporaries Well-Tuned Words: Amanda Sidebottom (soprano), Erik Ryding (lute)

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ViewDiana Poulton, The Lady with the Lute Diana Poulton (1903-1995), was a student of Arnold Dolmetsch and went on to teach many of today's most influential players, both privately and at the Royal College of Music where she had been appointed first Professor of Lute in 1968. She co-founded the lute society with Ian Harwood in 1956. Her meticulous research, particularly into the life and work of John Dowland is still relevant today. Thea Abbott's biography reveals the real Diana - the woman behind the lute. 600 grams Members: £15

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View sample pageThe Dolmetsch Family with Diana Poulton: Pioneer Early Music Recordings, vol. 1 This CD collects together nearly all the recordings released by the Dolmetsch family on their own record label between the mid 1930s and 1948, newly transferred from original 78s, including works by Dowland, Byrd, Marais, Purcell, the Lawes brothers, Jenkins, Leclair and Beethoven (the ’Moonlight’ sonata played by Arnold Dolmetsch on a 1799 piano) Carl Dolmetsch and Arnold Dolmetsch himself. Includes the lute playing of Diana Poulton (1903ˆ1995) and Arnold Dolmetsch (1858ˆ1940); a significant document in the modern history of the lute. 220 grams Members: £10

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ViewPleasant are the Tears which Music Weeps This is a CD of a fascinating and enjoyable hour-long BBC radio broadcast made in 1968, telling the story of the life of John Dowland in words and music. The script was written by Dowland’s biographer Diana Poulton, and Geoffrey Skelton, with (very aptly chosen) music played by Desmond Dupre and David Channon on lutes, and singers. For legal reasons we cannot sell this CD; instead we are lending out copies on long loan, free of charge, for the cost of postage only. We have had plenty of copies made, so are most unlikely ever to ask for them back! 180 grams Members: £2

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