Issue 132 of Lute News is now out - see its colour front cover
New additions to our free downloads: 2 pieces by Adrian Banchieri, for 3 equal lutes, these are very tuneful canzonas. Also 3 pieces for 4 lutes, including madrigals and motets by Andrea Gabrieli and Pierre Passereau. Arranged by Mike Ashley.
Beginners' lesson - 39 - Il Bianco Fiore, Negri (piece no.8 in the Lute Society’s '40 Easy to Early Intermediate Pieces'), by Lynda Sayce.
Updated membership map - showing the current approximate location of Lute Society members who have chosen to share their postcodes - see membership-map
Next meeting, February 8th at the Dutch Church in London (nearest tubes, Bank, Liverpool Street). A rare chance to hear Falkenhagen's extraordinary 20-minute prelude in all the keys, and other works, played by young virtuoso Vinicius Perez, plus concerti and sonatas with flautist Alexandre Andrade, a talk by Bonnie Blackburn on the earliest known 'lute hero', the 15th century master lutenist, Pietrobono, and mini-recitals by Taro Takeuchi (on original instruments) and Massimo Marchese and singer Nadi Caristi; see meetings for the timetable. All welcome, just turn up - the day is free except for the final recital, tickets available on the day.
Lute Iconography Database (LuteIDB) - now updated to contain over 2200 images and additional search attributes. LuteIDB is a great resource for lute makers, players, art historians, researchers, and anyone who has an interest in the iconography of the lute. See the introduction to LuteIDB for background and details of how to use the search engine. The live version is at LuteIDB online.
New Lute Society Music Index - Lute Society Music Index compiled by Michael Heseltine, where you can search all the music supplements of Lute News by title or author.
Japanese language page on the website of Taro Takeuchi, who offers help for prospective Japanese members whose English is not very good, tarolute.crane.gr.jp/lutesociety.html
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.
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