The Lute Online Resources Portal (LORP): Annotated Catalogue of Historical Lute Manuscripts

MANUSCRIPT SOURCES OF LUTE MUSIC

This list is meant to guide the user to five categories of website, where they exist, and each entry will gradually be annotated with data as follows:

Online facsimile: [link]
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'Partial' edition means a substantial selection, not just one or two pieces.

Where printed editions are marked 'out of print' (a) it is still worth contacting specialist retailers such as those listed on the Lute Society list of specialist publishers and retailers at www.lutesociety.org/pages/publishers (b) or trying online sources such as archive.org or book dealers such as Abe Books www.abebooks.com/.

It is not currently the plan to include here staff notation editions, unless of particular importance.

The list is extracted and adapted with permission from the online database 'Music for the
Lute, Guitar, and Vihuela (1470-1799)' compiled by Dr Gary R. Boye: applications.library.appstate.edu/music/lute/home.html

A parallel list of historical manuscript tablature sources, categorised by country and city with downloadable facsimiles can be found at the Lute Library web.archive.org/web/20160125185151/www.lutelibrary.com/manuscripts

T. Kakinami's Lute World website also has links to numerous facsimile pages: kakitoshilute.blogspot.co.uk/

Jo Bringmann has compiled lists of online images of original lute sources: www.jobringmann.de/facsimile-links as has the Lute Society of America: lutesocietyofamerica.wildapricot.org/Tab-Facsimiles

The Early Music Sources website lists sources, with links to downloads where available: www.earlymusicsources.com/more/lute-music-sources

The principal international catalogue of early music sources is RISM, Repertoire International des Sources Musicales, which has a searchable database www.rism.info/ and opac.rism.info, with an explanatory video at youtu.be/vXXkhsOCgZ0

Lists of tablature sources produced by the project Souces Manuscrits en Tablature, listed by country and by city, can be found at w1.bnu.fr/smt/sommaire.htm

Cecilia is an on-line guide to music collections in archives, libraries and museums in the UK and Ireland www.cecilia-uk.org/

A list of ‘finding tools’ for sources of lute music – lists, catalogues and databases can be found at
www.cs.dartmouth.edu/~wbc/lute/Sources.html

A large proportion of baroque lute manuscripts have been catalogued and indexed, with incipits and in many cases links to downloadable facsimiles at the 'Music for baroque lute' website of Peter Steuer and Markus Lutz: mss.slweiss.de/index.php?id=0&type=index&lang=eng

Paul Kieffer´s Early Music Sources.com has numerous links to online sources, searchable by instrument, composer etc. www.earlymusicsources.com/more/lute-music-sources

British Library manuscripts can be searched at www.bl.uk/manuscripts/BriefDisplay.aspx

Abbreviations

BOETTICHER 1979 – Wolfgang Boetticher 'Zur inhaltichen Bestimmung des für Laute intavolierten Handschriftenbestands' Acta Musicologica 51:2 (1979): 193-203
COELHO – Victor Coelho The Manuscript Sources of Seventeenth-Century Italian Lute Music (New York: Garland, 1995)
CRAIG-McFEELY 1992 – Julia Craig-McFeely 'Fragments of English Lute Music I: The British Library.' Lute Society Journal XXXII (1992): 72-82
CRAIG-McFEELY 1993 – Julia Craig-McFeely 'Fragments of English Lute Music II: Oxford Libraries.' Lute Society Journal XXXIII (1993): 34-54
GOY 2011 – François-Pierre Goy Musik für Barocklaute: Die Handschrift Schwerin Mus 641 (Lübeck: Tree Edition, 2011)
NBA V/10/CC – Neue Ausgabe sämtlicher Werke (Neue Bach-Ausgabe), ed. Johann-Sebastian-Bach-Institut, Göttingen, and Bach-Archiv, Leipzig (Kassel and Basle, 1954)
RISM A/II – Einzeldrucke vor 1800 (Kassel: Bärenreiter-Verlag, 1971- )
RISM B/VII – Wolfgang Boetticher, Handschriftlich Überlieferte Lauten- und Gitarrentabulaturen des 15. bis 18. Jahrhunderts (Munich: G. Henle, 1978)
RUDÉN – Jan Olof Rudén Music in Tablature: A Thematic Index with Source Descriptions of Music in Tablature Notation in Sweden (Stockholm: Svenskt musikhistoriskt arkiv, 1981)
SMT – Christian Meyer (ed.) Sources manuscrites en tablature: Luth et théorbe (c.1500-c.1800), vols I, II, III/1 & III/2 (Baden-Baden & Bouxwiller, Valentin Koerner, 1991-1999)
SPRING – Matthew Spring The Lute in Britain: A History of the Instrument and Its Music (Oxfored: Oxford University Press, 2001)
TYLER 1980 – James Tyler The Early Guitar: A History and a Handbook (London: Oxford University Press, 1980)
TYLER 1981 – James Tyler 'The Mandore in the 16th and 17th Centuries' Early Music 9:1 (1981): 22-31
TYLER – James Tyler The Guitar And Its Music: From The Renaissance To The Classical Era (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002)

15th century

D-Rp Ms. Th. 98 4° [1457-1476] - 'Regensburg Diagram' (Regensburg , Southern Germany) for 5-course lute with German tablature ciphers [no music]
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D-Wa cod. VII B Hs Nr. 264 [c.1460] - 'Wolfenbüttel Lute Tablature' (Braunschweig/Brunswick) for 5-course lute in tablature similar to the Kassel Lautenkragen
Online facsimile: mlewon.wordpress.com/2014/02/22/wolfenbuettel-lute-tablature/
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D-B Ms. germ. qu. 719 [1470-1473] - 'Königstein Liederbuch' (Königstein) for 5-course lute? and/or voice in German tablature RISM B/VII p. 17; SMT II p. 19
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D-Kl 2° Ms. Math. 31 [1475-1500] - 'Kassel Lautenkragen' (Fritzlar) 5-course lute diagram with German keyboard tablature [no music]
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I-PESo MS Pesaro 1144 [1490-1511] - 'Pesaro Heart-Shaped Manuscript' (San Lorenzo in Campo?) for 6-course lute and some for lira da braccio in French, Italian and Neapolitan tablature
RISM B/VII p. 283
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1500s

F-Pn Rés. Vmd ms. 27 [1501-1510] Thibault Manuscript (Venice?) - for 6-course lute in Italian tablature some texted
RISM B/V II p. 228 (Ms. ohne Sig. IV); SMT I p. 113
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I-Bu MS 596. HH. 2 [c.1500?-1560] - (Naples?) for 7-course lute? in Neapolitan tablature
BOETTICHER 1979 p. 202]
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I-Vnm Lat. 336, coll. 1581, fol. 1 [1500?] - (Northern Italy) fingerboard diagram for 6-course bass lute? with note names, see: Harrán, Don. 'In Pursuit of Origins: The Earliest Writing on Text Underlay (c. 1440)' Acta Musicologica 50:1/2 (Jan.-Dec. 1978): 217-240.
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1510s

A-Wn Ms. 9704 (Rec. 1711) [1519-1523] - 'Lautenbüchlein des Jakob Thurner' (Vienna?) for 6-course lute in German tablature
RISM B/VII p. 358; SMT III/1 p. 120
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CH-Fcu Cap. Rés. 527 [1513?-1519] - Falk, Peter 'Fribourg Manuscript' (Milan) for 6-course lute in Italian tablature
SMT I p. 31
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US-Cn Case MS VM C. 25 [1517-1520] - 'Capirola Manuscript' (Venice?) for 6-course lute in Italian tablature
RISM B/VII p. 79
Online facsimile: ricercar.cesr.univ-tours.fr/3-programmes/EMN/luth/pages/notice.asp?numnotice=4
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1520s

CH-Bu Ms. F.IX.56 [1522] - 'Bonifacius Amerbach Lute Book' (Avignon) 6-course lute in French tablature
RISM B/VII p. 13; SMT I p. 11
Online facsimile: www.accordsnouveaux.ch/de/DownloadD/files/CH-Bu_F_IX_56.pdf
Basel University library: www.e-manuscripta.ch/doi/10.7891/e-manuscripta-2685
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D-Mu 4° cod. ms. 718 [1523-1524] - 'Tabulaturbuch des Jorg Wiltzell' (Germany?) for 6-course lute in German tablature
RISM B/VII p. 226; SMT II p. 239
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GB-Lbl C.48.h.1 [c.1520] - (Valencia, Spain?) for 6-course vihuela in inverted Italian tablature on one folio of manuscript additions to a copy of Lucius Marineus Siculus Epistolarum familiarum (Valladolid 1514) see: Antonio Corona-Alcalde 'The earliest vihuela tablature: a recent discovery' Early Music XX:4 (1992): 594-600
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GB-Lbl Ms. Additional 31389 [c.1520] - (Venice) for 6-course lute in Italian tablature
RISM B/VII p. 180
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PL-Kj Mus. ms. 40154 [c.1520] - 'Deutsche Lautentabulatur' for 6-course lute in German tablature
RISM B/VII p. 28 (in D-B); SMT III/2 p. 128
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A-Wn Mus. Ms. 41950 [1525?] - 'Blindhamers Lautentabulatur' [South Germany?] for 6-course lute in German tablature
SMT II p. 301 (in D-WERl)
Online facsimile: data.onb.ac.at/rep/10044CEB
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A-Wn Mus. Ms. 18688 [1526-1540] - 'Lautentabulatur des Stephan Craus' (Ebenfuth?) 6-course lute in German tablature
RISM B/VII p. 352; SMT III/1 p. 125
Online facsimile: data.onb.ac.at/rep/10044CA7
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D-B Mus. ant.theor. F 100 [c.1529] - manuscript additions to copy of Attaingnant 1529 for 6-course lute in Italian tablature
SMT II p. 19
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1530s

D-ROu mss Med 3, [c.1530] - 65 solos for 6-course lute in German tablature copied into a handwritten apothecary dictionary 'Dispensatorus apothecarii Wittenbergensis Allexandris Untzy' (Wittenberg)
not in RISM or SMT, recent discovery communicated by Albert Reyermann
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D-Mbs Ms. Mus. 1512 [1533-1550] - (Germany?) for 6-course lute in German tablature
RISM B/VII p. 221; SMT II p. 225
Online facsimile: nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:bvb:12-bsb00104652-7
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D-Mbs Ms. Mus. 266 [1536-1570] collection of loose pages in several separate fascicles (including Marco dall'Aquila and Melchior Neusidler fascicles) (Augsburg) for 6-course lute in Italian tablature
RISM B/VII p. 214; SMT II p. 203
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RUS-KA Geheimes Staatsarchiv Ms. Et. Min. 126e [1536] - for 6-course lute in French tablature [LOST]
RISM B/VII p. 151; SMT III/2 p. 249

US-Wc MT 640 .N3 [c.1536] - ms. addition to Neusidler 1536a (German?) for 6-course lute in German tablature
not in RISM
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GB-Evesham, Almonry Museum - ms. addition to Alcetur 'Matthew' Bible of 1537 (Evesham, Worcestershire) - Tuning chart for 6-course lute in French tablature
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1540s

PL-WRk Ms. 352 [1538-1544] - two distinct manuscripts bound together (Vienna) for 6-course lute in German and Italian tablatures
RISM B/VII p. 370; SMT III/2 p. 232
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A-Wn Ms. 960 [c.1540] - one fragmentary piece for 6-course lute in Italian tablature in a manuscript of letters and Latin poems (Austria?)
RISM B/VII p. 358; SMT III/1 p. 119
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A-Wn Mus. Ms. 18827 [c.1540] - for 6-course lute in Italian and German tablature
RISM B/VII p. 355; SMT III/1 p. 133
Online facsimile: data.onb.ac.at/rep/1004856E
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D-Lr Ms. Mus. ant. pract. 1196 [1540-1549] - for 6-course lute in German tablature
RISM B/VII p. 197; SMT II p. 199
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D-Mbs Ms. Mus. 270 [1540-1550] - 6-course lute in Italian tablature
RISM B/VII p. 216; SMT II p. 215
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S-Sk Ms. S. 226 [1544-1560] - (Sweden?) for 6-course lute in German tablaturecopied from Neusidler?
RISM B/VII p. 325; see Rudén p. 42
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F-B 247.975 [1545] - ms. addition to Phalèse 1545 (France?) for 6-course lute in French tablature
RISM B/VII p. 46; SMT I p. 48
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D-Mbs Ms. Mus. 272 [1549-1560] - (Augsburg?) for 6-course lute in German tablature
RISM B/VII p. 217; SMT II p. 217
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1550s

A-LIb Ms. 546 [c.1550] - (Germany?) for 6-course lute in German tablature
SMT III/1 p. 97
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CH-SAM Ms. M 2 [c.1550] - (South Germany or Austria?) for 6-course lute in German tablature
RISM B/VII p. 317; SMT I p. 33
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D-LEm Ms. II.6.7 [c.1550] - ms. addition to Neusidler 1536b for 6-course lute in German tablature (Germany?)
SMT II p. 155]
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D-Mbs Ms. Mus. 267 [c.1550] - (Germany) for 6-course lute in Italian and German tablature
RISM B/VII p. 215; SMT II p. 211
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D-Mbs Ms. Mus. 268 [c.1550] - (Augsburg?) for 6-course soprano lute in Italian tablature
RISM B/VII p. 215; SMT II p. 213
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D-Mbs Ms. Mus. 269 [c.1550] - (Augsburg?) for 6-course tenor lute in Italian tablature
RISM B/VII p. 216; SMT II p. 214
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D-Mbs Ms. Mus. 271 [c.1550] - (Augsburg?) for 6-course lute in Italian tablature
RISM B/VII p. 217; SMT II p. 216
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D-Mbs Ms. Mus. 1511b [c.1550] - (Venice?) for 6-course lute in Italian tablature
RISM B/VII p. 219; SMT II p. 221
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D-Mbs Ms. Mus. 1511d [c.1550] - (Italy) for 6-course lute in Italian tablature
RISM B/VII p. 220; SMT II p. 224
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D-Mbs Ms. Mus. 1627 [1550-1580] - (Germany) for 6-course lute in Italian and German tablatures
RISM B/VII p. 223; SMT II p. 229
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D-Mbs Ms. Mus. 2987 [1550-1575] - ‘Herwart Manuscript’ (Augsburg) for 6-course lute in German, French, and Italian tablatures
RISM B/VII p. 224; SMT II p. 231
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D-Mbs Ms. Mus. 9516 [1550-1600] - (Haldenwang) for 6-course lute in Italian tablature
RISM B/VII p. 225; SMT II p. 237
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D-Mu 4° Art. 206 [c.1550] - ms. addition to Gerle 1546 (Germany?) for 6-course lute in French tablature
SMT II p. 239
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GB-Lbl Ms. Additional 60577 [c.1550] - ‘Winchester Manuscript’ (f. 190r ) (England) for 6-course lute in French tablature
CRAIG-McFEELY 1992
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IRL-Dm Ms. Z4.3.1-5 [c.1550-c1575] - ms. addition to a copy of Pietro Vinci Il primo libro de madrigali a sei voci (Venice 1571) (England)
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NL-DHnmi Ms.33.C.30 [1550-1560] - (Germany?) 6-course lute in German tablature
RISM B/VII p. 85 (under NL-DHgm)
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RUS-KA Stadtbibliothek Ms. Gen.2.150 [1550-1552] [LOST] - ‘Stammbuch des Burggrafen Achatius zu Dohna’ for 6-course lute, lute duet in German tablature
RISM B/VII p. 154; SMT III/2 p. 241

B-Br Ms. Cab. II, 2801 [middle of the 16th century] - (Belgium?) for for 6-course lute in French tablature
RISM B/VII p. 59
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GB-Lbl Ms. Royal Appendix 58 [middle of the 16th century] - (England) for 6-course lute in French tablature
RISM B/VII p. 188
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I-VEaf Ms. No. 223 [middle of the 16th century] - ‘Accademia Filarmonia Ms.223’ (Italy) for 6-course lutes and voices in staff notation and Italian tablature
RISM B/VII p. 340
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D-B Mus. ms. 40588 [1552] - (Zurich) for 6-course lute in German tablature
RISM B/VII p. 32; SMT II p. 48
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E-Mn R/14018 [1554 or after] - (Spain) [ms. addition to Valderrábano 1547 for 6-course vihuela in Italian tablature]
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E-Mn R/14630 [1554 or after] - (Spain) [ms. addition to Mudarra 1546 for 6-course vihuela in Italian tablature}
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D-Mbs Ms. Mus. 1511c [1555-1580] - (Italy?) for 6-course lute in Italian tablature
RISM B/VII p. 220; SMT II p. 223
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UA-LVu Ms. 1400/I [1555-1580] - ‘Hans Kernsthok's Lute Book’ (Krakow) for 6-course lute in French and Italian tablatures
RISM B/VII p. 200; SMT III/2 p. 263
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D-Us Ms. 131b [c.1556] - Lautenbuch Ulm (Ulm) for 6-course lute in German tablature
BOETTICHER 1979 p. 199; SMT II p. 295
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GB-Lbl Ms. Stowe 389 [1558-1560] - ‘Ralph Bowle's Lute Book’ (England) for 6-course lute in French tablature
RISM B/VII p. 192 (incorrectly as for cittern) and 4-course guitar in French tablature
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1560s

A-Wn Mus. Ms. 18790 [1560-1565] - ‘Georg Fugger Lute Book’ (Germany?) for 6-course lute in Italian tablature
RISM B/VII p. 353; SMT III/1 p. 130
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F-Pn Rés. 429 [c.1560] - (Bavaria) for 6-course lute in Italian tablature
RISM B/VII p. 269; SMT I p. 71
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NL-DHnmi Ms. 20.860 [1560-1570] - ‘Siena Lute Book’ (Siena) for 6- and 7-course lute in Italian tablature
RISM B/VII p. 84 (as NL-DHgm, Ms.28.B.39)
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S-Uu Ms. Vokalmusik i h. 76:b [1560-1580] - Morlaye, Guillaume? (France?) for 6-course lute in French tablature
RISM B/VII p. 335; see Rudén p. 49
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S-Uu Ms. Vokalmusik i h. 76:c [1560-1580] - Morlaye, Guillaume? (France?) for 6-course lute in Italian and French tablatures
RISM B/VII p. 336; see Rudén p. 51
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S-Uu Ms. Instr. musik i h. 412 [1560-1580] - Morlaye, Guillaume? (France?) for 6-course lute in French tablature
RISM B/VII p. 335
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S-Uu Ms. Vokalmusik i handskrift 87 [1560-1580] - Morlaye, Guillaume? ‘Codex Carminum Gallicorum’ (southern France to Sweden) for 6-course lute (and voice?) in Italian and French tablature
RISM B/VII p. 336; see Rudén p. 46
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D-MÜwl Manuskript 439 [1561-1582] - ‘Das Stammbuch des Bernhard Schenckinck’. (Münster) for 6-course lute, lute duet, lute trio in French tablature
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A-Wn Mus. Ms. 18821 [1562] - OctavianusFugger. Bologna [Italy] and Augsburg for 6-course lute in Italian tablature
RISM B/VII p. 354; SMT III/1 p. 131
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CH-SAM Ms. M 1 [1563] - (Basel, [Switzerland]) for 6-course lute in German tablature
RISM B/VII p. 316; SMT I p. 31
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PL-Kj Mus. ant. pract. W.510 [1563-1570] - ms. additions to a copy of Wyssenbach 1563 (Germany?) for 6-course lute in German and French tablature
RISM B/VII p. 40 (D-B); SMT III/2 p. 98
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