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The LSA Facsimile Collection is Online!!
October 16, 2018
We are VERY EXCITED to announce a new page on the LSA website which contains a combination of external links and links to our uploaded pdfs from the Lute Society of America Facsimile Collection (formerly, Microfilm Library). This represents the extent of the collection as of October 2018. The uploaded files have been scanned from films and photocopies in the LSA collection. These pdfs may be used by LSA members for educational research. External links to other digital facsimiles of lute tablatures have been provided when available for free to the public. Permanent access to the page can be found on our Lute Tabs Sites page.
In addition to Anne's great effort in this undertaking, we wish to thank LSA Past President Michael Grant for initiating and coordinating the effort to bring the LSA collection into the digital world. Thank you to LSA Administrator Nancy Carlin for wisdom on just about all aspects of the project and to Larry and Lois Stover for their careful imaging. we would also like to acknowledge our informal team of internet searchers: Rainer aus dem Spring, Sean Smith, and Markus Lutz.
In honor of Early Music Month, the Lute Society of America is shining a light on it's newly established Online Facsimile Collection, one of the most significant collections of music and contemporary writings, over 700 files. Each week a different manuscript or print is chosen and described briefly, pointing to one piece of some familiarity and another one players might be interested to explore. Thanks go to lutenist Olav Chris Henriksen for these contributions! Go explore!
Week 1: London Ms. Add. 31698. Straube Ms. Mensural notation for 13 course baroque lute.
Week 2: Galilei, Vincenzo, Item 0479. Ant di Galileo's manuscript of Libro d'intavolatura (1584), for 6-course lute, in Italian tablature, composed and copied by Vincenzo Galilei.
Week 3: Dresden Saesischen Landesbibliothek Mus. M2-V-6, Sonata a due Gallichare, in French tablature. Contains four complete sonatas in Italian/German style by Johann Paul Schiffelholtz (1680-1758), identified through concordant sources which include two more sonatas and and heterophonic parts for violin and cello (same melodies and bass as the lute duos). The gallichon was a 6-course lute popular in Germany from 1720-50. It was tuned like a guitar, but a step lower, in d. The repertory actually works well on two renaissance lutes tuned in g, either by tuning the third course up from a to b-flat, and reading the original tablature, or by rewriting the tablature to place the 3rd between the traditional third and fourth courses (rather than between the second and third courses). This gives renaissance lute players an opportunity to play fun, idiomatic 18th-century lute music.
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