Welcome to the Lute Online Resources Portal, which is intended to help lute players , enthusiasts and researchers locate and use the rapidly growing online resources relating to the lute.
The site is under continual development. Each link is accompanied by a few words of description, so that if the link is broken, you can cut and paste the description into your browser. If you want to report a broken link, or suggest more links that should be added, please contact a password holder.
Current password holders are:
Chris Goodwin (general)
John H Robinson (repertoire and concordances)
If you would like to volunteer to become a password holder and help build the portal, please contact the Lute Society Secretary
In general, resources are listed in the order:
physical resources which can be studied or purchased online
physical material not generally available online, e.g. important out-of-print books, but which may still sometimes be available online through second-hand book dealers.
Content spread across different countries is listed alphabetically by country.
This portal has one really substantial piece of content: the annotated catalogues of historical lute tablature sources: printed sources (chronologically by date) and manuscript sources (alphabetically by country, holding library and shelfmark following RISM sigla, then popular name and estimated date). We warmly invite publishers, researchers, scholars and enthusiasts to assist in annotating each source entry with details of where facsimiles, editions and literature can be found relating to each source.
Annotations to each source appear in the order:
Printed facsimiles available for purchase online
Modern online tablature editions
Modern printed tablature editions available for purchase online
Contents and concordance lists
Any further information, notable staff notation transcriptions, literature, whole- source recordings etc.
These catalogues are intended to be exhaustive with respect to lute tablature sources (including for instance lute songs and ensemble music that include a lute tablature part, plus also vihuela tablatures), though not historic staff notation which may have been played on lute (e.g. in the mediaeval period before the invention of tablature, or baroque continuo parts played on lute or theorbo, but from a figured bass) nor with respect to modern guitar or piano transcriptions.