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The LSA Facsimile Collection is Online!!

LSA Facsimile Collection

October 16, 2018

We are VERY EXCITED to announce a new page on the LSA website which contains a combination of external links and links to our uploaded pdfs from the Lute Society of America Facsimile Collection (formerly, Microfilm Library). This represents the extent of the collection as of October 2018. The uploaded files have been scanned from films and photocopies in the LSA collection. These pdfs may be used by LSA members for educational research.  External links to other digital facsimiles of lute tablatures have been provided when available for free to the public. Permanent access to the page can be found on our Lute Tabs Sites page.

In addition to Anne's great effort in this undertaking, we wish to thank LSA Past President Michael Grant for initiating and coordinating the effort to bring the LSA collection into the digital world. Thank you to LSA Administrator Nancy Carlin for wisdom on just about all aspects of the project and to Larry and Lois Stover for their careful imaging. we would also like to acknowledge our informal team of internet searchers: Rainer aus dem Spring, Sean Smith, and Markus Lutz.

In honor of Early Music Month, the Lute Society of America is shining a light on it's newly established Online Facsimile Collection, one of the most significant collections of music and contemporary writings, over 700 files. Each week a different manuscript or print is chosen and described briefly, pointing to one piece of some familiarity and another one players might be interested to explore. Thanks go to lutenist Olav Chris Henriksen for these contributions! Go explore!

Week 1:  London Ms. Add. 31698.  Manuscript for 13-course baroque lute.

Week 2: Galilei, Vincenzo, Item 0479.  Ant di Galileo's manuscript of Libro d'intavolatura (1584), for 6-course lute, in Italian tablature, composed and copied by Vincenzo Galilei.  This large manuscript was compiled with the intention to be published.  Two sections of it are cycles of Passamezzo, Romanesca, and Saltarello variations, in all twelve major and minor keys. A third section has galliards in most keys.  A little-known fact is that the fourth section, "Gagliarde et arie di diverse" (galliards and airs by various [authors]) includes catchy pieces, such as a Moresca and a Caccia (hunting piece), as well as (although unattributed) some of the best manuscript versions of pieces by Santino Garsi da Parma.

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Information on past LSA Lute Fests, workshops, and other events. Covering the LSA over the 50 years of its existence.

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A listing of donors to the Lute Society of America. Thank you donors!

Lute Pedagogy and Lute Resources...

      For Beginners     

Information to help beginner and intermediate lutenists to learn historical techniques to play lute, theorbo, and other members of the lute family.

        Lute Links         

A resource for online lute music and other lute-related publications and websites.


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We are happy to link our member's recordings to the LSA website for sale! To include your CD it must be available through an ONLINE vendor only, such as your recording label, CD Baby, iTunes, etc.  Please note that due to demand it may take some time for your information to be posted. Thanks!

Other Lute Societies

Links to other organizations with a focus on the lute and other early plucked string instruments.

      Lutes For Sale     

Link to Wayne Cripp's Lutes for Sale pages. and other lutes for sale pages. Listings of generally higher quality used lutes available for purchase. As always, buyer beware.

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Looking for a lutenist to perform at your wedding or play continuo with your ensemble? Or need to find a lute builder in your area? Find a professional LSA lutenist in your area using this simple search tool.


International Music Score Library Project, an online resource for vocal and instrumental music, including lute music and other ensemble music.

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Lute tablature links including Sarge Gerbode's massive lute tablature site and links to digital facsimiles available online.

Lute Building and Maintenance...

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Videos and other media to help with basic care for your lute, peg maintenance, fret tying, etc. 

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Articles concerning lute building from the Journal of the Lute Society of America.

 The Lute For Guitarists...

Lute for Guitarists

Plucked-stringed instruments have a long and rich history. Here you will find helpful information supporting the performance of early plucked-string repertoire on the modern guitar.

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