The Lute Society: News

New download - The Dohna Lute Book - a digital facsimile reconstruction of a book of three German tabulatures by Mattheus Waissel: Lautenbuch 1592-12, Tabulatura Allerley [1592]-13 and Tabulatura Guter 1592-14.

New download - The Improvising Lutenist, by Gilbert Isbin - designed to teach improvisation in a contemporary style.

Members' compositions page - updated with 'Book of Dances for Solo Lute' by Joaquim Bogunya Chesa and three songs 'Epigram of Orpheus', 'Orpheus with his Lute' and 'Fragment' by David Protheroe

Issue 120 of Lute News is now out - see its colour front cover and ezine. See a gallery of previous front covers on the publications page, under Lute News back issues.

Beginners' lesson - 28 - Bouffons (piece number 108 in ‘114 Early to Intermediate Pieces), by Lynda Sayce.

New page covering small ads - lute music for sale.

Leighton Tears - Leighton's Tears (1614) for mixed consort and/or voices, edited by Djilda Segerman, now available as a free download on our website.

The Lute Online Resources Portal is now live. Most websites mentioned in the last 15 years of Lute News now have links there, and some of the pages are reasonably complete. Others have only sample content - particularly the composers and sources pages - new material will be added to these each day. You are warmly invited to send in interesting links you think we have missed - let's build a Grand Universal Lute Portal!

Looking for a lute player, accompanist, duet partner, or beginner's 'buddy'? We can help you find a lute player in your area, or for your special event (wedding, banquet, advert etc). We are also starting up a lute buddying scheme to put new players in touch with lute buddies in their area.

For previous news items, see Old news

Recent pages on this website

New Music Editions

See our catalogue for details and to purchase online:

  • Christmas carols for lute and voice, volume 3 in Brian Wright's Musica Natalis series
  • Complete works of Marco dall'Aquila
  • New stock of CDs, as reviewed and advertised in Lute News
  • New works by Gilbert Isbin
  • Fun merchandise! Fridge magnets with Old Master paintings of lutes