International Transport of Instruments
Carrying or shipping a musical instrument across international borders, where the instrument is subject to customs inspection, has become a significantly more risky proposition in recent years. It is no longer just a question of being assessed a duty or tariff, but rather, as a function of the ornamentation or simply the wood species of which it is constructed, the instrument can be mutilated or even confiscated. Documentation of the date and materials of construction may be critical in preventing this. If you think your instrument might be at risk, please consult a lawyer/solicitor for advice. A Certificate or “Instrument Passport” may be available from the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service to simplify the process of crossing some borders.
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Historical Lutes and Related Instruments in North American Museums
- Cleveland Museum of Art – Tiorbino, anon., 17th century.
- An extensive photographic study of this instrument, done by Ed Greenhood.
- Museum of Fine Arts, Boston MA – Anonymous archlute or theorbo, acc.# 17.1764
- Museum of Fine Arts, Boston MA – Anonymous guitar, mid 18th c, acc.# 17.1756
- Museum of Fine Arts, Boston MA – Mandolino by Benedetto Gualzatta, Rome, 1724, acc.# 1992.1
- Museum of Fine Arts, Boston MA – Lute by Andreas Berr, Vienna, 1699, acc.# 1986.7
- Museum of Fine Arts, Boston MA – Guitar by Jacopo Mosca Cavelli, Perugia, 1725, acc.# 2003.76
- Museum of Fine Arts, Boston MA – Guitar by Jean-Baptiste Champion, France, ca. 1790, acc.# 17.1753
- Museum of Fine Arts, Boston MA – Guitar by Jacopo Checchucci, Livorno, 1628
- Museum of Fine Arts, Boston MA – Arch-cittern by Remerus Liessem, 1757, acc.# 17.1749
- Museum of Fine Arts, Boston MA – Guitar by Nicholas Alexandre Voboam, Paris, 1680, acc.# 1993.576
- National Music Museum, Vermillion SD – Treble lute, D. G., Venice, early 16th century
- National Music Museum, Vermillion SD – Cittern, Italian, ca. 1550
- National Music Museum, Vermillion SD – Guitar by Matteo Sellas, Venice, ca. 1640
- National Music Museum, Vermillion SD – Guitar by Domenico Sellas, Venice, ca. 1670
- National Music Museum, Vermillion SD – Guitar by Alexandre Voboam, Paris, 1670
- Yale University Collection of Musical Instruments – Lute by Sebastian Schelle, Nürnberg, 1726
- Yale University Collection of Musical Instruments – Thielke Baroque guitar
Lute Art in North American Museums The list of links to artworks depicting the lute and related instruments has outgrown its original location here, and it has been moved to its own separate page.
The Web Gallery of Art
Search this robust site for artworks from medieval to modern times.
Resource Materials for Scholarly Research on the Lute
- “Mus. Ms. 1511b: A Historical Review of a Lute Manuscript in the Herwarth Collection at the Bavarian Library, Munich” by Douglas William Beasley; a dissertation for the M.M. degree at the University of North Texas, Denton, 2007. (PDF file, 2.03 MB)
- “La tiorba ed il suo uso in Italia come strumento per il basso continuo,” by Diego Cantalupi; the dissertation for his degree in musicology in 1996 at the Università di Pavia, revised in 2006 for publication on the Internet (in Italian).
- “Giovanni Antonio Terzi and the Lute Intabulations of late sixteenth-century Italy” by Suzanne E. Court; a dissertation analyzing the lute works of Giovanni Antonio Terzi, which are contained in his two tablature collections published in Venice in 1593 and 1599. The second volume of the dissertation includes 45 transcriptions of intabulations and fantasias by Terzi and his contemporaries.
- English Lute Manuscripts and Scribes 1530-1630 by Julia Craig-McFeeley; a study of the English Lute Manuscripts of the so-called ‘Golden Age’, including a detailed catalogue of the sources.
- “The five-course guitar and seventeenth-century harmony: Alfabeto and Italian song” by Alexander Dean; a dissertation for the Ph. D. degree at the Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester, Rochester NY, 2009. (Six PDF files)
- “Lute Realizations for the English Cavalier Songs (1630-1670) – A Guide for Performers” by Gus Denhard; a D.M. dissertation at Indiana University, 2006.
- “Die Lautenbücher Philipp Hainhofers (1578 - 1647)” by Joachim Lüdtke; his dissertation, completed at Göttingen, 1999 (in German)
- “English Renaissance Lute Practice as Reflected in Robert Dowland’s Varietie of Lute Lessons,” dissertation by Robert J. Nolde, Rice University, Houston TX, 1984.
- “French Baroque Lute Music from 1650-1700” by Robin Rolfhamre; a masters degree dissertation at Agder University, 2010.
An extensive iconography of the lute, compiled by Mary Rasmussen, University of New Hampshire, divided geographically and chronologically:
- Dutch and Flemish, 15th to 16th century.
- Dutch and Flemish, 16th century.
- France, 16th to 17th century.
- Germany, Austria & Switzerland, 15th to 16th century.
- Germany, Austria & Switzerland, mid-16th century.
- Germany, Austria & Switzerland, 16th to 17th century.
- Italy, 15th to 16th century.
- Italy, mid-16th century.
- Italy, 16th to 17th century.
- Recorder Iconography, compiled by Nicholas S. Lander, including many references to lutes or lutenists portrayed in artworks also depicting the recorder.
- The FoMRHI Bulletin on line in PDF format. This journal contains many articles relating to historical lute construction and stringing. The complete tables of contents are posted on a separate page where they can be searched easily in your browser.
- General References
- “Handbuch der Notationskunde” by Johannes Wolf (Leipzig, Breitkopf und Härtel, 1919), freely available in many formats, including several for e-readers. Lute tablature is treated in Chapter 2, beginning on p. 35.
- Taking Care of Your Lute: simple straightforward instructions compiled by Jiří Čepalák
Video Clips on YouTube illustrating the use of the lute and vihuela in various styles of music.
- Asteria performing fifteenth century music.
- Paul O’Dette performing sixteenth century lute music.
- Duo Chambure performing a vihuela duet, an intabulation of Cancion de sibiuit by Adrian Willaert, from the collection Silva da sirenas published in 1547 by Enríques de Valderrábano.
- Nigel North performing John Dowland (written ca. 1600).
- Robert Barto performing eighteenth century lute music by Silvius Leopold Weiss.
- Robert Barto – an Allegro movement from a Weiss Sonata.
- Ronn McFarlane performing two of his own contemporary compositions.
- Christopher Morongiello performing on lutes from the Metropolitan Museum in New York.
Events of Interest and Commercial Sources of Lute-Related Materials Note: This additional exposure is provided for businesses and organizations that advertise in the print publications of the Lute Society of America.
- American Recorder Society – Join today!
- Amherst Early Music Festival 2015, with lute faculty consisting of Eduardo Egüez, Grant Herreid, Christopher Morrongiello, Nigel North, & Richard Stone.
- AquilaUSA, the U.S. representative for Aquila Corde Armoniche – Gut and synthetic strings.
- Boston Catlines – Strings of gut, nylon or nylgut and fretgut for early instruments.
- Boston Early Music Festival: 7 – 14 June 2015, including a performance by Three, Four & Twenty Lutes.
- Boulder Early Music Shop – Music, methods, facsimiles, books, instruments & accessories.
- Courante: CD of French Baroque Lute Duets, with each part recorded individually.
- David Fitzpatrick Lutes & Guitars – Ionia, Michigan.
- Richard Fletcher – Renaissance and Baroque Lutes, Archlutes and Theorbos.
- Andrew Hartig Custom Strings – Strings for Period Wire-Strung Instruments.
- The Lute Society – Plans of Original Instruments, prepared by Paul Thompson.
- Lute Society of America 2015 Summer Seminars East and West
- Seicento Notenversand – Music for Renaissance and Baroque Lute, Theorbo, Archlute, Mandora & Baroque Guitar.
- Tree Edition – Music for the Lute in facsimile and modern editions.
Other North American Sites Related to Historically Informed Performance Geographical