LSA Publications
Access to the publications of the Lute Society of America:

LSA Quarterly 

Member only access to the Lute Society of 
America Quarterly Newsletters. Issues 
from 1967 to the present are available 
(some issues are not yet available online). 

   LSA Journal    

Member only access to the Lute Society of 
America Journals. Issues from 1967 to
the present are available.

Member Directory

Member only access to a current directory
of members of the Lute Society of America.

LSA Music Files

Access to online music files held by the LSA, including the LSA Digital Music Collection and others.

A History of the Lute

A History of the Lute from Antiquity to the Renaissance by Douglas Alton Smith. Here's a great serious yet classically beautiful coffee-table gift book for any friend or relative who loves any kind of early music. Now available at a GREAT price!

Pat O'Brien Articles 

Douglas Alton Smith's collection of monographs by esteemed lute and guitar pedagogue Patrick O'Brien.  The articles addresses subjects such as the use of the hands, arms, and body when playing the lute and dealing with physical injuries the lutenist or guitarist may encounter.


Lute Related Dissertations and Thesis

We are grateful to those who allow LSA members to share in their research on the lute!


  • For information or to purchase LSA Recordings and other member recordings, please visit the Members CD Recordings page here or via the link on the HomePage.

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.  For more information on obtaining this music contact LSA Administrator Nancy Carlin
  • The LSA publishes a scholarly Journal, which appears as a single issue per volume per year, and a more casual Quarterly newsletter, 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. See the buttons at the top of this page for lists of all the Qs and Js and their contents. Back issues of both the Q and the J are available as PDFs to members. Both of them are also available for purchase from the LSA Librarian, Anne Burns (see below). 
  • The Lute Society of America's Facsimile Collection is now available to members online. Permanent access to the page can be found on our Lute Tabs Sites page.


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).
  • 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).
  • Phantasia printed by Matthäus Waissel, transcribed by Nancy Carlin for the November, 1972, issue (PDF, 33.8 KB).
  • 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)
  • 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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