LSA Journal

The Journal of the Lute Society of America is an open access scholarly refereed journal and has been published annually since 1968. It is one of the foremost international publications of research and scholarship concerning all aspects of the lute, lute music, and all related early plucked instruments and contains articles by eminent researchers from throughout the world. All volumes can be consulted or downloaded here.

The Journal welcomes contributions. Contact the Editor, John Griffiths for advice regarding preparation of materials for submission, or any other matter. For the LSA Style Guide, please see our Author Resources page.

ISSN 0076-1524

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JLSA 55 (2022)

  • Who was Vidal? — Paul Beier
  • In and Out of the “White Lion”: Giovanni Girolamo Kapsberger’s Family Background in Late Sixteenth-Century Rome and Beyond — Lothar Sickel
  • New Discoveries About Some Professional and Amateur Lutenists in the Dutch Republic (c. 1650 – c. 1700) — Jan W.J.Burgers and François-Pierre Goy
  • Reviews:
    • The Pursuit of Musick: Musical Life in Original Writings & Art c. 1200-1700 by Andrew Parrot — Stewart McCoy
    • Lutnová hudba na území Slovenska v 16.- 18. storočí. (Lute music in Slovak territory in the sixteenth to eighteenth centuries). by Michal Hottmar — Anna Kňažíková

JLSA 54 (2021)

  • New Information on the Vihuelist Diego Pisador: His Life, Teaching, and Work — Javier Cruz Rodríguez
  • Guitar Heroes: Teaching, Learning, and Playing Guitar at the Jesuit Colleges for Nobles in Bologna and Parma, 1650-1700 — Cory M. Gavito
  • Jacques and Laurent Lucas de Saint-Luc: Brussels Lutenists and Theorbists, Father and Son — Manuel Couvreur
  • Review: Music and Instruments of the Elizabethan Age: The Eglantine Table, edited by Michael Fleming and Christopher Page — Gary Boye


In the print version and an earlier digital version of this issue, on page 67, paragraph 3, the first sentence should be corrected to say that “Laurent Lucas de Saint-Luc was born in Brussels and was baptised in the cathedral of Saints Michel et Gudule on August 10, 1669.”


We are grateful to Andreas Schlegel who provides this link to the Saint Luc Werkverzeichnis he has assembled and recently revised.


JLSA 53 (2020)

Essays in Honor of Douglas Alton Smith, Part II
  • Milan 1536—Stories and Pathways: The Intabolatura de leuto de diversi autori by Giovanni Antonio Castiglione — Franco Pavan
  • "A most eminent man, but highly extraordinary": New Biographical Information on Giovanni Girolamo Kapsberger (c.1580–1651) — Anne Marie Dragosits
  • Constructional and Technique-Related Aspects of the Baroque Lute: Contemporary Descriptions, Iconography, and Original Instruments — Ian Watchorn
  • Silvius Leopold Weiss and the Improvised Prelude — Tim Crawford

JLSA 52 (2019)

Essays in Honor of Douglas Alton Smith, Part I
  • Douglas A Smith – Writings — compiled by Kate Benessa and Arthur J. Ness
  • The Trecento Lute — Hiroyuki Minamino
  • Golden Cloth and Black Silk: Music for “Amando e desiando” — Richard K. Falkenstein
  • Teaching for the Amicus: Sketches from the Lute Tablature D-Mbs, Mus. ms. 267 within the Context of the Rhetorical loci communes and compositio — Kateryna Schöning
  • Raucous, Penetrating? The Sound ideal of the Calichon — Pietro Prosser
  • A Musical Instrument is a Process — Klaus Martius
  • Peter Croton, A Method for the Renaissance Lute, with a Supplement for the Archlute. Le Luth Doré, Paris, 2019. — Paul Beier

JLSA 49 (2016) & 50 (2017)

  • In Memoriam: Douglas Alton Smith, 1944–2018
  • Biographical Introduction- Elanor O’Brien
  • Patrick O’Brien and His Own Former Disability – Patrick O’Brien (Transcribed and edited by Douglas Alton Smith)
  • Excerpt from The Hand – Patrick O’Brien
  • What Factors Determine Success or Failure in Treating Musician Hand Injury? – Katharyn R. Benessa
  • Do You Need a Physical Therapist? – Alice Artzt
  • Therapy for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome – Jason Priset
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Retraining with Patrick O’Brien – Greg Chako
  • Teaching the Student, Not the Diagnosis: Principles of Pat O’Brien’s Technique and Pedagogy – Daniel Rindler
  • Recovering from a Performance-related Left-hand Injury – Douglas James
  • Therapy for a Flamenco Guitarist – Antonio Madigan
  • Conversation between Patrick O’Brien and Antonio Madigan, c. 1991 – Transcribed by Douglas Alton Smith and Michael Miranda
  • “Painless” Hand Problems of String-Pluckers – Brian Hays
  • A Candle in the Dark – Brian Hays
  • Recovery from Focal Dystonia – Katharyn R. Benessa
  • Focal Dystonia Therapy with Patrick O’Brien – Jack Silver

JLSA 48 (2015)

  • Monologue on the Left Hand – Patrick O’Brien
  • The Left Arm – Patrick O’Brien
  • How to Practice: A Lecture – Patrick O’Brien
  • Patrick O’Brien Coaches a Student on Practicing – Patrick O’Brien
  • Staccato Practicing – Patrick O’Brien
  • How to Learn Your First Pieces – Patrick O’Brien
  • Improvisation: Practical Beginnings – Patrick O’Brien
  • Pat O’Brien and the New York Continuo Collective – Tony Elitcher and Grant Herreid

JLSA 47 (2014)

  • On the Genesis of this Memorial Issue for Patrick O’Brien – Douglas Alton Smith
  • Lessons with Pat O’Brien – Transcribed and Edited by Douglas Alton Smith
  • Glossary

JLSA 46 (2013)

  • The Earliest Source for the Lute: The Wolfenbüttel Lute Tablature – Marc Lewon
  • Briefly Noted – Wandering Tablatures I — Ward: Cittern Manuscripts – Arthur Ness
  • Reviews

JLSA 45 (2012)

  • An Unknown Lute Piece in a Keyboard Manuscript with Works by Wilhelm Friedemann Bach – Stephen Olbertz
  • A Souvenir from the Veneto: Vincenzo Galilei’s First Book of Lute Tablature (1563) – Richard K. Falkenstein
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