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michael f vincent   Link to this

page 3 of the sun pic of lute and girl( bare top) c 1652
http://www.earlycittern.com/printed/jp1652.html
young man and woman making music
http://www.earlycittern.com/printed/index.html
for early English Musick(music)
http://www.exlibris.org/eem/eem_sites.html
http://www.vanedwards.co.uk/month.htm
for dutch painting of instruments of the time

Emilio   Link to this

Cithern
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:
http://www.earlycittern.com
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:
http://www.si.umich.edu/chico/instrument/pages/...

Sam Sampson   Link to this

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.
http://www.vanedwards.co.uk/index.htm

David Quidnunc   Link to this

The Lute Society

Susanna provided this link in a 25 January 1660 annotation:

http://www.lutesoc.co.uk/

David Quidnunc   Link to this

Lute player

For lessons on the lute, see Mr. Evans, a butler, in the buttery at the Wright's home:

http://www.pepysdiary.com/encyclopedia/1567/

David Quidnunc   Link to this

James Chetwind
clerk
http://www.pepysdiary.com/encyclopedia/547/

Thomas Blagrave
professional musician
http://www.pepysdiary.com/encyclopedia/539/

John Fowler
once played it, but somehow hurt his hand
http://www.pepysdiary.com/encyclopedia/552/

David Quidnunc   Link to this

Some other lute players

James Chetwind
clerk
http://www.pepysdiary.com/encyclopedia/547/

Thomas Blagrave
professional musician
http://www.pepysdiary.com/encyclopedia/539/

John Fowler
once played it, but somehow hurt his hand
http://www.pepysdiary.com/encyclopedia/552/

Christopher Schaub   Link to this

A multi-media weblog of Christopher Schaub's Renaissance lute & voice practice, including a new piece of music recorded and posted daily. The music was recorded live, on the day of the post, in Chris' apartment. Not polished, but a work in progress.

ash   Link to this

what kind of music is commonly played on this instrument

Andrew   Link to this

The cittern pages at http://www.earlycittern.com have moved to http://www.theaterofmusic.com/cittern/

Stephanie Dugger   Link to this

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.

TerryF   Link to this

Lute sound clip from The [English] Lute Society
http://www.lutesoc.co.uk/sounds.htm

TerryF   Link to this

Sound clips from The [English] Lute Society site provided by Susanna per David Quidnunc
http://www.lutesoc.co.uk/sounds.htm

Pedro   Link to this

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.”

http://www.luminarium.org/sevenlit/waller/isabe...

Nix   Link to this

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."

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