The Lute Society: News

Summer party at the house of John and Joyce Reeve in Maidenhead, Saturday 17th June, with music from James Bramley, Din Ghani and Timea Gazdag Contact the secretary for further details.

New downloads for lute and recorder - three Gymnopedies by Erik Satie arranged by Leonard Williams; plus two frottole by Franciscus Bossinesis arranged by by Philip MacLeod-Coupe - see free downloads

Issue 144 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.

Extant Lutes Database - a new interactive online database of historic lutes that have survived into modern times. Based on data collated over decades by David Van Edwards, Klaus Martius, Friedemann Hellwig, Ernst Pohlmann and others, with many photos and details about these remarkable historical survivors. See help page and summary or go to the database.

Next meeting: Saturday 13th May at the Dutch Church in the City of London. (The weekend after the Coronation.) This meeting will feature a recital from Liz Kenny, a talk on the Albanian lute from Ardian Ahmedaja, ‘The 11-course liuto attiorbato’, a talk by Sebastian Kirsch, the Jacobides codex, a talk by Jan Cizmar, and a mini-recital from Angela Hicks and Toby Carr. See meetings for more details.

Gaspar Sanz - A new translation by Monica Hall of Sanz instructions on accompanying a bass line on baroque guitar - ‘Instrucción de música sobre la guitarra española y método de sus primeros rudimentos hasta tañerla con destreza’. See baroque guitar for further details.

Beginners lesson - 47 - Starting continuo, by Lynda Sayce

Bach Solo Lute Discography - A discography listing all solo music by JS Bach recorded on instruments of the lute family, currently covering over 130 recordings. Collated by John Reeve. See Bach Solo Lute Discography

Updated Lute Society Music index - search through the tabulature supplements by composer

Lute Iconography Database (Lute IDB) There is a new release of this rich and detailed resource of lute iconography images collated and curated by David Van Edwards. Newly updated with better search and usability features: help page and summary or go to the database.

Sonatas for extended neck baroque guitar, by Ludovico Fontanelli edited by Peter Elliot - see free downloads

Tree Editions now available as free downloads on this website - an amazing free lute library, bequeathed by Albert Reyerman. Also added to the main menu for the website - see Tree Edition Files.

Recent updates to our members compositions page. In Autumn, by David Protheroe: three duets for equal lutes; British and Irish songs arranged by Andrew Haxell; Fantasia after Mudarra, Blancrocher XXI by Michel Amoric; Tombeau for Stephen Barber by David van Ooijen; La Rivercada by Joaquim Bogunyà Chesa; Songs in Divers Humours, for medium voice and lute (tablature), by David Protheroe.

Play along with professional musicians Our lute backing tracks page has a number of songs and duets, where you provide the missing lute part, to accompany renowned musicians such as Emma Kirkby and Dowland Works performing Golden Age songs, and duets with Lynda Sayce. Download the sheet music on the same page.

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

  • Lute Iconography Database - over 2200 images of lutes catalogued in a searchable online database.
  • Back issues of Lute News now available for purchase online. Now you can fill in any missing copies in your collection. Lute News has been fully digital since issue 101, and the first hundred issues have kindly been digitised by Eric Crouch.
  • New pieces on our members' compositions pages - recent updates by David Protheroe, Steven Watson, Laudon Schuett and others.

New Music Editions

See our catalogue for details and to purchase online:

  • 158 early Cinquecento preludes and recercars - a bumper collection of early Italian lute music, all standards, beginner to advanced
  • Compendium of 178 Polish dances - another bumper edition!
  • Fun merchandise! Lute-playing mouse paperweight