michael f vincent • Link
page 3 of the sun pic of lute and girl( bare top) c 1652
young man and woman making music
for early English Musick(music)
for dutch painting of instruments of the time
Emilio • Link
Note that the first 2 links above actually link to a Playford music book and to a list of other music books of the period. Pix can be found by following the Art link from the home page:
That site is devoted to the cittern, which it seems to distinguish as a metal-stringed variant of the lute. According to another site, 'lute' was the name for both a particular type of stringed instrument and the entire class it belonged to, which also included the theorbo and the citaronne (same as the cittern/cithern?). Details and many pictures here:
Sam Sampson • Link
David Van Edwards a UK Luthier
Has an extensive website, covering the history of the lute, with many 17thC paintings. There's an extensive range of his own instruments and even basic DIY construction information. He can supply a more detailed CD of lute building instructions, and runs summer schools. There's a good links list too.
ash • Link
what kind of music is commonly played on this instrument
Stephanie Dugger • Link
There is a wide variety of music played on the lute. A vast amount of medieval music was written for the lute, as well as some baroque music. It was commonly used in folk music from many different European countries.
Pedro • Link
Lute…A poem by Waller
On My Lady Isabella Playing on the Lute
“Musick so softens and disarms the Mind,
That not an Arrow does Resistance find.”
Nix • Link
The Lute --
A musician friend once told me: "I've been playing the lute for about ten years. Well, actually, playing it for six and tuning it for four."
Chart showing the number of references in each month of the diary’s entries.