Lute/Guitar News

The Dutch Lute Society has been able, after years of talking about it, to publish the famous Thysius Lute book , one of the few preserved Dutch Lute books, compiled at the beginning of the seventeenth century. It is the world’s most comprehensive Lute book, with more then 500 pages of lute-music and about 900 pieces of all sorts, in French tablature. It varies from a broad international repertoire to Dutch song-tunes, from pieces that are easy to play to more complicated music.

The Dutch Lute Society is able to sell the book for € 98,- (excluding package and mailing costs), but only until the 1st of September! After that, due to the agreement with the co-editor, the Royal Society for Music History of the Netherlands (KVNM), the price will be €140,-, with a reduction for members of 20%.The publication consist of three hard-backed volumes, held together by a box.Some examples of the music can be seen at the website of the Dutch Lute Society:, at which you can also find how to order the book.
If you are interested, please contact (Joost van Poppel) Best regards,Dutch Lute Society,Ciska Mertens,

I would like to announce about my concert on 7th July at Horniman museum.This is a part of the conferrence of Galpin society/Historic brass society,and I am going to play 17th-19th British guitar music (by Corbetta, Matteis, J.C.Bach, Straube .etc) on original guitars
with Judy Tarling (violin) and Jennifer Morsches(cello).

It will be rare chance to hear some pieces like J.C.Bach guittar sonata and Geminiani Art of the playing guittar.
The detail is on
The concert is free to public and around 40 seats are available.
Taro Takeuchi (

You are warmly invited to the Giltspur Singers’ Summer Concert, Hear My Prayer, which will feature the music of Purcell and Mendelssohn, who were born 350 and 200 years ago this year, respectively.
The concert will take place at 7.00pm on Thursday 16th July at the Temple Church.
The programme will included some well-known and some not-so-well-known choral pieces by both composers, including their settings of ‘Hear My Prayer’. It is a great privilege for us to perform Mendelssohn’s setting (with its famous solo ‘O for the wings of a dove’) in the Temple Church, where Ernest Lough’s renowned recordings were made. Other pieces will include Purcell’s dramatic Jehova, quam multi sunt hostes and his deeply moving Thou knowest, Lord, the secrets of our Hearts; and secular partsongs and sumptuous double-choir motets by Mendelssohn. In additional to the choral music, there will be a performance of a Purcell trio sonata on recorders and chamber organ, and Mendelssohn’s 3rd organ sonata.


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