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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.

Lute Societies’ Websites

Social Media Sites

Historical Lutes and Related Instruments in North American Museums

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.

Resource Materials for Scholarly Research on the Lute



    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.

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.

Other North American Sites Related to Historically Informed Performance

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Last updated 1 January AD 2016 – DFH.