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Lute-related news, reviews, and websites

A database of Renaissance lute music is available below:

Making sense of medieval plectrum instruments: online articles now available

On 7th May 2022, Ian Pittaway addressed the Lute Society meeting with his talk, Making sense of medieval plectrum instruments: citole, gittern and koboz, which appeared in Lute News 142, August 2022. (To be more precise, due to a travel disaster, much of Ian’s talk was read by David Van Edwards, with Ian making an appearance at the end! Thank you, David.) This talk was a brief summary of Ian’s research that, at the time, was part past and part ongoing. All of the full articles on the subjects addressed are now available on his website,, as follows.


The citole: from confusion to clarity. Part 1/2: What is a citole?

The citole: from confusion to clarity. Part 2/2: playing style and repertoire


The gittern: a short history

How reliable is medieval music iconography? Part 1/3: Understanding medieval art

How reliable is medieval music iconography? Part 2/3: 10 principles for interpreting iconography

How reliable is medieval music iconography? Part 3/3: Making the Martini gittern


The Elbląg ‘gittern’: a case of mistaken identity. Part 1/2: Why the koboz was misidentified.

The Elbląg ‘gittern’: a case of mistaken identity. Part 2/2: Identifying the koboz.

Medieval plectrums

Medieval plectrums: the written, iconographical and material evidence. Part 1/2: Medieval plectrum materials and manufacture.

Medieval plectrums: the written, iconographical and material evidence. Part 2/2: Medieval and early renaissance plectrum technique.

Lute courses with Gerlind Puchinger are available at Dr. Hoch’s Conservatory – Music Academy Frankfurt Department of Early Music. To read more details, visit

Online courses are provided by Medieval Music Besalú to study medieval music history, genres, repertoires, styles, notations, sources, performance practices, musical iconography, research techniques, singing, and musical instruments.
Review their course catalog at

Spanish Renaissance songs are now available for free download at

A comprehensive and searchable store of lute iconography is available at

A YouTube playlist from the online concert commissioned by the Lute Society of America. Recorded in June 2023 at the Colletto Church, Piemonte, Italy:

New publication: "The Mandolin Book of Matteo Caccini" by Bernhard Hofstötter (Editor) and Davide Rebuffa (Editor) contains 17th century music for the 4-course Baroque mandolino, the predecessor of the Neapolitan mandolin.
The book is available in the UK through Amazon:

Read about the trending internet genre "Bardcore" which remakes hit songs in a Medieval style with lutes, flutes and more:

Listen to Gramophone's Concept Album Award 2023 "Battle Cry: She Speaks" with mezzo-soprano Helen Charlston and Toby Carr on theorbo.

The Federation of Guitar Societies UK website is linked below. They promote the classical guitar and related instruments and provide a source of help and advice to enthusiasts.

Lute blog, string shop, and other resources are available on

An Early Music themed Discord server has been created to bring members of the early music community together and encourage discussion. You can join the server at the link below:

Gilbert Isbin is offering free sheet music for download on his website here:

Note: the Ning Lute group has been discontinued, effective 22 July 2023. The Ning Lute group was previously at:

Lute Tablature at the Library of Congress Music Division
A new bibliography, titled Anthologies of Musical Works in Print and Manuscript from the 15th-17th Centuries in the Library of Congress Music Division, presents an inventory of the Music Division’s holdings with tables of contents and annotations for most entries:

An accompanying research guide provides discussions about and highlights from this unique body of materials, emphasizing matters of provenance, cataloging, music publishers, online resources and bibliography, and how the Music Division's collection historically parallels the total output of anthology sources:

University of Edinburgh has digitised a recently acquired lute manuscript of 1620. The full volume can be found here:

There are additional shots of the bindings here:,sequence,work_source_page_no,work_subset_index

And the Catalogue entry is available here:
Collection: Early seventeenth-century manuscript of Italian and French lute music in French tablature, c.1620 | University of Edinburgh Archive and Manuscript Collections

Victor recordings from the Library of Congress:,+william

Victor recordings from Discography of American Historical Recordings & UC Santa Barbara Library

From the "El dulce trato hablando: la música de Alonso Mudarra" program, an anonymous sonnet, set to music by the vihuelist Alonso Mudarra and published in Seville in 1546.
A. Mudarra - Si por amar, el hombre - Maria Cristina Kiehr, sop. - Ariel Abramovich, vihuela de mano

Dr. Sebastian Kirsch’s PhD Dissertation ‘The Long Lives of Old Lutes’ which was approved by the University of Leipzig summa cum laude.

The text is in English and is free to download here:
Qucosa - Leipzig: The Long Lives of Old Lutes

From the abstract: ‘This study examines the object biographies of musical instruments and the function of age in the cultural and material history of the lute. It follows the central question of why old instruments were valued more greatly than new ones and what measures had to be executed to adapt the objects to the ever-changing musical style. [The dissertation’s] multivalent approach enhances the understanding of the general dynamics of commodities as status symbols, object biographies, and functional objects and connects them to the material and cultural history of objects using the lute as a case study’.

A scan of the Pickering lute book is available for free download at the link below:

Lutenist YouTube Channels


Andreas Martin

Ariel Abramovich


Brandon Acker


Evangelina Mascardi official

Jean-Marie Poirier

Jelle Kalsbeek

Jonas Nordberg

Jozef Van Wissem - Topic

Kenneth Kam





Marina Belova

Martin Shepherd



Musicke in the Ayre


Roman Turovsky

Svyatoslav Troshchuk


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