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The LSA Facsimile Collection is Online!!
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 4: Fuenllana, Miguel de. (1554/3). Italian tablature for 6-course vihuela (or lute; including some for 4-course guitar and 5-course vihuela). Although this large printed collection is well known, few players explore its potential as a concordance source for European chansons, madrigals and motets. I have enjoyed (on pages 118 and 118v) the combination of the four-part intabulation of "Tant que vivray" by Sermisy together with the glosa (diminution) setting, as an extension to the lute song and solo settings published by Attaingnant (1529/3, also listed in the LSA Facsimile Collection). Further concordances of this piece can be found in Howard Mayer Brown, Instrumental Music Printed Before 1600, and many of these are also available from the LSA Facsimile Collection.
The LSA Has a New Treasurer!
After several great years as the Treasurer of the LSA, Thomas Walker Jr. is stepping down and handing the reins over to Susan Meredith. Susan has a strong background in accounting and bookkeeping and the professionalism she brings to the duties will serve us well. Tom will be available to her, and anyone, for reference, until Susan is comfortable that the transition is complete. Tom continues, "It has been quite lovely serving with all of you; I believe that in the last few years all of us (and I had not much to do with this) oversee a stronger LSA with deeper offerings than when our tenures began."
Many thanks to Tom for his excellent service to the LSA and we welcome Meredith to her new position!
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