Print Publications

  • In 1993 the Lute Society of America issued a Special Publication, the First Book of French Tablature, containing 26 relatively easy pieces taken from European manuscript and print sources of the 16th and 17th centuries.  This PDF file lists the Contents.  The cost of the book is $10 plus shipping, and it is available from Anne Burns, the LSA Librarian (see below for her address).  As postage costs change frequently, please write to her for the exact total before sending money.
  • In May of 2002 the LSA published the 400-page monograph, A History of the Lute from Antiquity to the Renaissance by Douglas Alton Smith, which may be purchased through a secure on-line page.  The book has received a number of favorable reviews in musical publications as well as The Library Journal.
  • The LSA publishes a scholarly Journal, which appears as a single issue per volume per year, and a more casual Quarterly, with four issues per year.  Members automatically receive copies of both of these, for the current year, in return for their dues payment.  Advertisements are accepted for printing in either of these periodicals.  On a separate page there is a list of the back issues of the Journal and the articles that each contains.  They are available for purchase from the LSA Librarian, Anne Burns (see below).  In an area of our website still under construction, a project is underway to post the complete tables of contents of the Newsletter and the Quarterly.
  • The Lute Society of America maintains a rental Library of Source Material for the lute and related instruments.  Loans are made to LSA members only.  Most of the items are available only in the form of microfilm, but some are available as loose paper copies, and there are a few audio cassette tapes. The Library catalog is available in plain text (110 KB) or RTF (123 KB) format.
    The Librarian is:
        Anne Burns, LSA
        8175 S. Eston Rd.
        Clarkston MI 48348


Mistakes sometimes happen. When appropriate, corrected versions will be posted here for incorrect items appearing in our print publications.


This material is plucked from early issues of the Newsletter of the Lute Society of America. Take a look and see what you missed by not being a member in the early days of the Society.  To download any of these files to your hard disk for future use, select the link with the right mouse button and choose “Save Target As...” In most cases, you will probably achieve best results for the PDF files by printing with the “Fit to page” option turned off.

As is true for the other files on this site, this material is available to be downloaded and shared freely.  However, we request that any further distribution also be at no cost and that the copyright notice be retained intact.

  • Io vorrei pur fuggir, well-known from the recording by Walter Gerwig, edited for the December, 1971, issue by Cheryl Lew (PDF, 26.1 KB).
  • A Subplementum (page filler) printed by Georg Leopold Fuhrmann, taken from the January, 1972, issue (PDF, 12.9 KB).
  • A pair of anonymous Canaries from the Straloch MS, edited for the March, 1972, issue by Stanley Buetens (PDF, 41.0 KB).  Note that in the MS only the pitches are supplied, so the suggested rhythmic interpretation was provided by the editor.
  • An anonymous Polish Dance from Gdansk MS 4022, edited by Donna Curry for the March, 1972, issue (PDF, 22.1 KB).
  • Another anonymous Polish Dance from Gdansk MS 4022, edited by Donna Curry for the June, 1972, issue (PDF, 26.6 KB).
  • A Phantasia printed by Matthäus Waissel, transcribed by Nancy Carlin for the November, 1972, issue (PDF, 33.8 KB).
  • A Gaillarde printed by Guillaume Morlaye in his Premier livre de tablature, taken from the February, 1973, issue (PDF, 23.2 KB).
  • Peg-A-Ramsey, a very easy piece by an anonymous composer, taken from the July, 1973, issue (PDF, 12 KB).
  • For the May, 1973, issue of the Newsletter Suzanne Bloch provided an Etude for sliding on a pivot finger.  She noted, “You can play this with any rhythm you please or break the intervals upward or downward.”  When no fingering is notated, keep the same one as for the preceding note (except for open strings). (PDF, 9 KB)
  • A Courante by an anonymous composer, taken from the January, 1974, issue (PDF, 32.5 KB).
  • From the April, 1974, issue, Le taxi triste, an Etude written by Suzanne Bloch to help in mastering the problem of simultaneous use of fingers 3 and 4 on the sixth and first courses, respectively, most typically on the third fret.  The title resulted when the student for which the Etude was written arrived for his lesson shaken as a result of an incident involving a taxi. (PDF, 16 KB)
  • An intabulation by Sebastian Ochsenkuhn of a hymn tune by Heinrich Isaac, Herr Gott, laß dich erbarmen, better known as Innsbruck, ich muß dich lassen.  The transcription from the German tablature was prepared by Douglas Alton Smith for the July, 1975, issue (PDF, 28.5 KB).
  • Ain niderlendisch runden dantz that appeared in Hans Judenkünig’s Ain schone künstliche underweisung (1523, Vienna).  It was transcribed from the original German tablature for the October, 1975, issue by Ray Nurse (PCX, 90.6 KB – please select “Fit to page” when printing).
  • The Fantasia que contrahaze la harpa en la manera de Luduvico from the first of Alonso Mudarra’s 1546 Tres libros de musica en cifras para vihuela was edited for the July, 1976, issue of the Newsletter by Douglas Alton Smith. (PDF 40.4 KB)
  • Der Fuggerin Dantz and Hupffauff by Melchior Newsidler, transcribed from German into French tablature by Douglas Alton Smith for the January, 1977, issue of the Newsletter. (PDF, 41.4 KB)
  • Pavana – The Earle of Salisbury by William Byrd, printed in the January, 1979, issue of the Newsletter. (PDF, 31.8 KB)
  • Two pieces in Italian tablature that appeared as facsimiles on an insert in the January, 1979, issue.


Early in the history of the Lute Society of America, separate editions of lute music were published approximately annually.  They were distributed to then-current members free of charge and sold to nonmembers.  The Board has now decided to make these editions freely available here for download.  Again, we request that any further distribution be at no charge and that the copyright notice be retained intact.

Non-LSA Retro-Publications

During the 1970s, at the height of enthusiasm for the revival of interest in Early Music, a number of publications came into existence with the hope of spreading the news about this exciting new field.  Many of them ceased publication fairly quickly, although a few, like Oxford University Press’ Early Music, have continued to thrive.  Neverthless, there were some articles of enduring interest and value that appeared in the ephemeral journals, and we are pleased to be able to provide a wider free distribution for a few of them here.  In this case also we request that any further distribution be at no charge and that the copyright notice be retained intact.

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Last updated 16 January AD 2016 - DFH.