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Accessible Lute Music

 Sarge Gerbode's Lute Page

Here you will find more than 8000 lute pieces (60,000 files) in French tablature in the following formats: fronimo (ft3), from , midi, and PDF (which you can read using Acrobat Reader). (Why the different formats?).  I apologize to those who prefer other formats, such as Spanish or Italian, but I believe French is the most widely used format, though it is easy to change to another format -- even German tab (not that anyone would really want to do this…)! These pieces are mostly for renaissance lute, but quite a few are for baroque lute and archlute, and a very few for theorbo, cittern, bandora, guitar etc. Other pieces include songs and continuo pieces, listed by composer. Under Lute ensemble in the list of composers, you will find pieces for two or more lutes.

The latest fronimo files (since December, 2015) were created with a new version of Fronimo, obtainable now on my site.  The new version corrects some minor bugs and adds tabbed files when you open more than one fronimo files at once, a convenient way to switch back and forth between the files. It is also possible, with the new version, to insert colored notes, as used in Narvaez to display a melody line.  I will try to keep the latest version of fronimo on my site for your convenience.  Suggestions for using it efficiently are also on my site, as well as a description of the format I follow  in all the postings on this site.

This website is now mirrored at , thanks to the good offices of , who has also translated the site into Russian at  I will try to keep the mirror site as updated as possible, but is likely to be the latest and greatest. 

Site Structure

There are three main directories under


This is a listing by composer, but some items that were under "composers" (like "Besard") actually belong under "sources", because they are anthologies or compilations. The intention is to gradually pare down the contents of this directory and post as much as possible under "sources". Once the database is up and running, you will be able to search by composer (or any other parameters). 


These are facsimiles of source documents.


These are complete fronimo editions of sources.


This is an Excel spreadsheet with a comprehensive list of all the fronimo files on the website. It should reflect the approximate current state of the data.  It also contains hyperlinks to fronimo, midi, and pdf files for each entry.  For each piece listed, it has 26 fields that contain other data, such as key, type of piece, instrumentation, source, and difficulty.  If you can read this file, that is probably the easiest way of finding things.
If you don't have a spreadsheet program installed on your computed, you can obtain a free one from "LibreOffice".  LibreOffice does what MS Office does, with just a few differences, and it can open MSOffice files. In addition, the following links may be helpful:

Lute links

This is a list of other websites with related information.

Latest Postings

20Aug19: Completed another 50 pieces from Herwarth, mainly vocal intabulations of chansons by Sandrin, Sermisy, etc. Most of these pieces were initially encoded and edited in fronimo by Harald Hamre. On these items, I simply did some proofreading against the original and reformatted them in my favored format.  I also received substantial help on locating composer names from Tristan von Neumann, and also from Art Ness's 1984 dissertation specifically on the Herwarth MS, which goes into great depth on the MS. 

04Aug19: I have just started work on the Herwarth Lute MS #266.  Just completed up to item #50. Most of the MS so far appears to have a minimum of errors compared to Wurstisen.  The first part has most of the extant dal'Aquila ricercars, plus other ricercars, miscellaneous dances, popular pieces (like Cara Cosa and La Traditora), etc..  The material is mostly of very high quality. Oddly, all of the Aquila pieces and many of the others appear to have been crossed out in the MS (diagonal lines through them), but I have included them anyway. Fingerings, including occasional left hand fingerings, are in the original.

15Jul19: Completed v.8 of Wurstisen, which consists mainly of hymns and psalms, some by Martin Luther, who apparently was also a lutenist. There are also a few  allemands, galliards, and pavanes, which are mostly of  high quality. Kemp's jig appears in a couple of places. John Robinson helped me to identify this piece.  That concludes Wurstisen.

07Jul19: Completed v.7 of Wurstisen, which consists mainly of galliards, with a few other types of pieces thrown in.  In contrast to the less interesting pieces in v.6, many of the galliards are really quite beautiful and mostly unique to this source. John Robinson helped me identify the cara cosas from this volume.

20Jun19: Completed Wurstisen v.6. Mostly German dances/allemands, but a few galliards, pavanes, voltes, etc. 174 pieces.

06Jun19: Finished another 50 pieces from Wurstisen v.6.  Same type of pieces.

03Jun19: On a suggestion from Michael Stover, I took a break from Wurstisen to compete work on Robert Dowland's A Musicall Banquet. This contains a Dowland galliard and 20 excellent English, Italian, Spanish, and French songs, many of which were not previously on my site.

21May19: Completed 1st 50 pieces from Wurstisen v.6.  This volume consists of dances, mostly very simple ones but challenging to edit because of their many errors. Nothing earth-shattering.

12May19: Completed Wurstisen v.5.

26Apr19: Finished the 1st 53 pieces from Wurstisen v.5, consisting of  passamezzos, often paired with galliards or saltarellos. These are generally of moderate difficulty. While these pieces contain a similar number of errors to those in earlier books, they are easier to correct because the strict passamezzo pattern in them gives helpful guidance.

09Apr19: Completed v.4 of Wurstisen, consisting of mostly vocal intabulations of European composers, with a few ricercari, battles, and entradas thrown in.  Again, the profusion of errors make this a slow process.  It is especially challenging to suss out unica with no or faulty barring and rhythm flags.

16Mar19: Completed v.2 of Wurstisen, consisting of 4 motets, 3 by Lasso and one anonymous.  the Lasso ones are particularly beautiful.  All the pieces required major error corrections.  The presence of many line errors and overstrike errors leads me to believe that they were rather carelessly copied over from Italian or French tab sources.

10Mar19:Completed v.1 of the Wurstisen Lute Book, consisting of mostly very simple preludes and preambles, an exception being one by Vincenzo Pinti (the Knight of the Lute).

24Feb19: Completed work on v.3 of the Wurstisen Lute book. This volume, one of 8, contains 22 fantasias by various composers, including some by Milano. This is a massive work of German tab.  Although the notes are quite clear, there are many mistakes, reminiscent of the Cavalcanti Lute Book. Most of these are in rhythm flags.  John Robinson was very helpful in tracking down composer attributions.

04Feb19: Completed work on  Hans Gerle "Ein newes sehr künstlichs Lautenbuch" (1552). Most, if not all, of the pieces in this book appear to have been taken from Italian tab sources and rendered into German tab. Many were taken from Rotta (1546), Crema (1546), Bianchini (1546), Gintzler (1547), and especially Casteliono (1536). But obviously Gerle put a lot of time and thought into his editions, which are not merely copies but  display his own hand in adding some embellishments, filling out some chords, and putting in some different musica ficta, as well as correcting obvious errors, so that the Gerle version of many of these pieces  are, in my opinion, actually better than the sources they were taken from. The book starts with 31 "preambles", which in other editions are called ricercars or fantasias, and then "Italian pieces", consisting of dances: passamezzoz, padoanas, galliards, and saltarellos, and a couple of pavanes.

12Jan19: Completed work on Sulzbach MS, v2 (1556), another primary Milano source.  This one is in Neapolitan lute tab (Spanish tab with all numbers one higher). The Sulzman sources are sometimes more error free than others, such as the Siena Lute Book, Paris MS.rés.429, and Milano (s.d).  Thanks to Arthur Ness, who told me that ties across a bar line are indicated in the Sulzman sources as a simple repeat of the chord in the second bar. He also helped me identify a piece (16.ricercar in Sulzbach) as Ness #95.

04Jan19: Completed work on the Sulzbach MS, v1 (1556), a primary source of Milano works. 

31Dec18: Completed work on Benedikt Drusina, Tabulatura continens... (1556), a German tab source.  The source is extremely clear and relatively error-free.  Arne Keller and Jason Kortis intabulated the work in fronimo format several years ago, saving me a great deal of work. For my part, I proofread the work against the source, did some minor editing, and changed it over into the preferred format for my website. So kudos to Arne and Jason for this and their many other major contributions to getting lute music out.

16Dec18: Corrected version of Thistlethwaite, based on the John Ward's inventory, which identifies most of the pieces and gives a careful account of each. Many thanks to Andre Nieuwlaat for turning me on to this inventory and for locating a title that is not in the inventory.

12Dec18:    Posted the Thistlethwaite Lute Book.  Mostly high-quality English stuff.  A few anonymous fantasias that are really nice, plus a couple by Francesco da Milano.  John Robinson and Art Ness were very helpful in producing this edition..

15Nov18: Completed work on Welde Lute Book, not widely available.  This contains iconic English pieces, some very virtuostic. Included are some lovely fantasias by Alfonso Ferrabosco I, and three John Johnson duets.

20Oct18: Completed work on Berlin State Library,.  This is a MS in German tab, with fairly high quality stuff, including some interesting pieces by Senfl, Lasso, Isaac, Segni, Milano, etc.  It mostly consists of vocal intabulations for 6-course lute  of sacred works, chansons, German songs, and madrigals, all of fairly moderate difficulty.  Particularly of note are a couple of anonymous fantasias, which are quite fun. Helpfully, the rhythm notations are completely regular, and there are only a noderate number of errors. Often, it seems the scribe intabulated vocal works without putting in all the musica ficta, so a large number of my emendations consisted of putting them in. 

19Oct18: I've been offline for awhile because I have been downsizing from a 3000 sq ft house to a 1000 sq ft cottage, which is charming but cramped. But now that I am back, I have made several corrections on Paris Réservé 429, based on valuable information from Arthur Ness. I have also renumbered the pieces.

19Jul18: Just completed work on Paris Réservé 429, consisting of 494 pp. of lute solo music in Italian tab.  The quality of the music is very high, and relatively free of errors compared to many other sources. This source also contains many ricercare by Milano, as well as several intabulated chansons and madrigals, and passamezzi, galliards, and saltarellos. In the facsimile I have, many pages are difficult to read because they are extremely faint, but paying for the effort in eyestrain, and using a very large screen, I believe I was able to suss them out correctly. Again, Art Ness was extremely helpful with this project.  Any errors, however, are my own.

31May18: Just completed Cavalcanti.  Whew!  I received significant help from Art Ness, who corrected several errors in titling and attribution of composers.

27May18: I got some very significant help from Richard Falkenstein on the one missing piece from Bossinensis v2 (1511), namely "Quando andaratu al monte". That was the one piece that completely stumped me, but Richard totally figured it out.  It turns out to be a very racy dialog between a shepherd and shepherdess.  It would be a lot of fun to perform--for an adult audience.

16May18: Posted another 50 pieces from Cavalcanti. This lot contains some excellent fantasias by Francesco da Milano, various dances, and several vocal intabulations with underlaid text. As usual, there are many errors, including many that appear to be due to the fact that Cavalcanti copied from vocal scores and failed to put in the appropriate musica ficta. At other times, he put in inappropriate ficta. I have been greatly helped by , who kindly sent me portions of his 1997 PhD dissertation on the Cavalcanti MS.   This dissertation contained valuable information on composer names and the location of vocal models.

22Apr18:  Posted another 50 pieces from Cavalcanti. Most of these are vocal, with text underlay below the tab and extra stanzas scribbled in the margins or at the end of the page. The text seems to follow the bass line. The text was very difficult to read.  In some cases, I found the text elsewhere, but otherwise I gave it my best guess.  The tab and rhythm indications in many of these were fairly unreliable, so more guesswork was involved to try to make sense of them.

31Mar18: Got some great help from on #27 and from , on #63. Mysteries solved!

28Mar18: Posted the next 50 pieces from Cavalcanti. I had to punt on #63, a contrapunto that appears to be in 12/8 time, but it's hard to make it fit.  Again, any help is appreciated. Many pieces in Cavalcanti are noted as being by "Giovanni".  Others are probably by Giovanni B. Boronno.  Could this be the same Giovanni?

15Mar18: Posted the first 50 pieces from the Cavalcanti Lute Book. As mentioned below, it has been a major  problem to edit this material.  In one case, I punted on trying to rationalize a piece (Canario, #27) and come up with something plausible.   helped me figure this out. Most of the pieces in this first part of the MS are short dances of one kind or another. has been very helpful in providing his table of contents for the MS.

08Mar18: Posted a cleaned-up facsimile of  the Cavalcanti Lute Book (c. 1600).  This is a 210 p. document, containing many fantisias and ricercars of Francesco da Milano, plus many dances of one kind or another, in Italian tab.  Cleaning up the MS was a considerable challenge.  Although the notes and staff lines are fairly clear in most places, they are also festooned with multiple random scratches and scribbles, smudges, dots, and inkblots.  Rarely, notes are lost off the edge of the page, and the last ½ of the MS looks as though it were subjected to a gray watercolor wash.  I believe, however, that my result is fairly readable.  I plan to do an edition of the MS next.  The absence of bar lines in most of the MS will probably make that more difficult.

11Feb18: Posted the last 43 pieces from Barbarino. Short dances, but also a piece with multiple variations on "Une Jeune Fillette". That completes Barbarino.

05Feb18: Posted another 50 pieces from Barbarino. Mostly short dances, but also a very substantial battle piece.

30Jan18: Posted cleaned up copies of Barbetta Intavolatura de liuto (1585) and Intavolatura di liuto (1603).

28Jan18: Posted another 50 pieces from Barbarino. Mostly galliards and a few courantes.

21Jan18: Posted another 50 pieces from Barbarino, including a couple of new (to me) fantasies by Milano and other really good stuff.

03Jan18: Completed the encoding of a charming set of modern pieces in renaissance style for 6-course lute, mostly of moderate difficulty, by Laudon Schuett.

24Dec17: Completed another 50 pieces from the Barbarino Lute MS, including passamessos, galliards, and romanescas.  This includes some very nice fantasies, toccatas, and tientos by Lorenzino Tracetti and others. I am past the ½ way mark, now. Merry Christmas!

11Dec17: Posted an edition of Giacomo Gorzanis' 5th book, a very clear but not error-free autograph MS dated 1567.  Also posted a cleaned-up copy of the MS. The MS has 16-bar passemezzi antici and moderni in all keys, with their 16-bar saltarellos, as well as several napolitane and one ricercar.

03Dec17: Posted pages 51-100 of the Barbarino Lute MS, which takes up up to p. 131 of the document.

18Nov17: Posted Gorzanis Gorzanis v.4 Opera Nova de Lauto (1579).  This starts with 6 interesting fantasies.

10Nov17: Posted cleaned-up facsimile of Gorzanis v.4 Opera Nova de Lauto (1579).

06Nov17: Posted pages 1-50 of the Barbarino Lute MS (c. 1600).  There are close to 300 large pages in this MS, of which I have posted 72. The MS is rather difficult to read, but not impossible. It has many errors, and several missing pages, meaning that some pieces are fragmentary. The first 50 pieces include a wide variety of types -- many vocal intabulations and liturgical pieces, a few fantasies, exercises, etc.  

05Nov17: Posted Gorzanis third  volume (1564). These required significnt re-barring, which Douglas Towne has done very well.

03Nov17: Posted Gorzanis v.2 (1563). It has similar content.  For this volume, I have started with Douglas Towne's intabulation, checked against the original, and found to be virtually error-free. Also, I find that Towne has shown excellent taste and judgment in his editorial decisions, almost all of which I agree with.

30Oct17: Posted Giacomo Gorzanis Intabolatura di liuto, v.1 (1561).  It consists mostly of dance suites: passamezzos, padoanas, and saltarellos, but there are four very nice ricercars at the end, the last three of which were  expertly encoded by Douglas Towne. He has actually fully encoded all three Gorzanis books, but I only found  his work when I was nearly done with v1.

06Oct17: Posted a cleaned-up version of the Barbarino MS, a 320 pager in Italian tab.  A fronimo edition is my next project.

08Sep17: Posted an edition of  v3 and v4 of Galilei's 1584 MS, thus completing the work on this MS.  V3 consists entirely of 55 galliards by Galilei. According to Luis Gasser, the galliards might be intended as a fourth piece in a suite composed of passamezzo, romanesca, and saltarello. The galliards are not tied to any particular suite of passamezzo, romanesca, saltarello, so the performer is presumably free to pick whichever he or she wants. Galliard 53, entitled "Fiordiligi", appears to be an "homage" to, or parody of, Crécquillon's "Ung gay bergier". In v3, Galilei fully wrote out all repeats instead of using repeat marks.  To save space and to help clarify the structure of these galliards, I have substituted repeat marks for repeated sections. V4 contains random airs, galliards, and allemands. These are titled as "di diversi" but otherwise not attributed to any particular composer. If anyone can identify the composer of any of these, I would appreciate the help.

30Aug17: Posted intro to Luis Gasser doctoral thesis on Galilei's Libro d'intavolatura di liuto. This is a very valuable resource for those who want to put together a performance of Galilei's music.

26Aug17: Posted v2 of Galilei's Libro d'Intavalotura di liuto (1584).  As v1 was a collection of passamezzi antici, with paired romanescas all minor keys, with paired saltarellos, v2 contains the corresponding passamezzi moderni, with corresponding romanescas, in all major keys. The saltarellos meant to be paired with these are the same ones, correspondingly,  as the ones in v1.

17Aug17: Posted 2 additional lute ensemble pieces (allemandes) by Tobias Hume, encoded by Hatton's Choice and  George's Delight. Also posted several pieces that had been missing from my edition of Galilei's Fronimo (1584) and added edited midis produced by , who also kindly kindly  pointed out the omissions.  The midis on my site are all auto-generated from the fronimo software and serve mainly to give a general idea of what a given piece might sound like.

14Aug17: Posted my edition of Vincenzo Galilei's autograph MS Libro d'intavolatura di liuto (1584), v. 1.  This includes a romanesca in AbM with 100 variations, grouped in sets of 4. If you consider it a single piece, it is arguably the longest lute piece ever written. However, it is best to think of all these passamezzos and romanescas, with their many variations, as something that a performer can pick and choose from to put together a performance.  Galilei clearly demonstrates a genius for an infinite variety of unique settings of  the passamezzo and romanesca pattern. In 1991, Luis Gasser did a careful analysis of the 1584 Galilei MS as a DMA thesis. I hope to post this soon.

14Aug17: Posted an arrangement for theorbo by of an Elaias Reusner Passacaglia, originally written for Baroque lute.

21Jul17: Posted cleaned-up copies of v.2, v.3, and v4 of Galilei (1584).

14Jul17: Posted cleaned up copy of v.1 (of 4) of Vincenzo Galilei's autograph MS Libro d'intavolatura di liuto (1584)., consisting of 131 pages of Italian tab, consisting of  a variety of passemezzos, romanescas, and saltarellos in every possible key,.  Galilei  was demonstrating that the lute was best conceived as an equal-tempered instrument, as Bach did with his "Well-Tempered Clavier".

11Jul17: Posted some beautiful reconstructions by of Barbetta pages that had the corner torn off.

10Jul17: Posted cleaned-up copy of Phalèse Theatrum Musicum (1571).  A massive collection (250 pages) in very clear French tab. The copy I had to work with at first was very low-resolution and barely legible. Thanks to Arne  Harder and  Jean Bernard Roy for directing me to a much better copy.

03Jul17: Posted cleaned up copies of Phalèse "Chansons reduictz en tablature", vs.1, 2, 3, and 5. V.4 appears to be missing, but if anyone has it, I'd like to have a copy! As these are very legible and already in French tab, I do not feel a great urgency to do fronimo editions of them. I have done an edition of v1 in the past, though.

01Jul17: Completed Giulio Cesare Barbetta Novae Tabulae Musicae (1582).  High quality stuff, though mostly a bit challenging to play.  Barbetta's intabulations are well put together.  Because a rather large corner was ripped off the book, I had to do some fancy reconstruction of the last 4 pieces, but fortunately, there were other sources I could draw on.

23Jun17: Did transcriptions for lute of the 5 bandora fantasies from British Library MS 31392.  Also, posted cleaned up facsimile of Giulio Cesare Barbetta Novae Tabulae Musicae (1582).  Lovely pieces. Working on an edition of same, about ¼ of the way through.

16Jun17: Added 5 bandora fantasies from British Library MS 31392.  Thanks to Anne Burns of LSA for providing the additional pages.

12Jun17: Completed Vincenzo Galilei "Intavolature de lauto", v. 1 (1563).  The facsimile is in very rough shape -- barely--but at last--legible.  I include a majorly cleaned-up copy of it, which amounts to a reconstruction in places.  It contains intabulations of 24 madrigals  by various composers as well as 6 ricercars by Francesco da Milano.  The music is of high quality, remarkably error-free and moderately difficult.

26May17: Completed Volume 13 - Sacred songs.  That completes the entire Dlugorai lute book.

22May17: Completed Volume 12 - Latin and Italian songs.  I am indebted to John Robinson and Catherine Liddell for helping me identify some maddeningly familiar but heretofore unidentified pieces.

06May17: Completed Volume 11 - German songs.

13Apr17: Completed Volume 10 - Chorea.  The word "chorea" means "dance" in Latin. So it could be a fairly non-specific label.  However, most of the pieces in this collection appear to be allemandes, though there are also some Polish dances, and some of the pieces have a triple second section, a "proportio" or a saltarello.

26Mar17: Completed Volume 9 - Voltes.

21Mar17: Completed Volume 8 - Ballets.  A ballet in this time period appears to be a short, light-weight dance, usually in duple time like an allemande but sometimes triple or with triple sections. Thanks to Catherine Liddell for pointing out other instances of ballets in Ballard (1609-1622), Vallet (1616), and  one in Francisque (1600), f. 31vb. Also, many thanks to John Robinson for his careful preparation of concordances and other helpful comments on the pieces in this volume.  This volume, like the others, is rife with errors, but with a little imagination it is possible to suss out what was probably intended.  There are so many errors in rhythm flags that at times I have not notated all of my corrections as the piece would then be hard to read.  I have noted any errors in notes.

14Mar17: Back on the Dlugorai Lute book.  Completed  Volume 7, the section on courantes. As with the rest of this volume, I had to struggle with careless and corrupt scribery (rhythm flags were pretty arbitrary), but there are many charming pieces in the volume nonetheless.

05Mar17: Completed the third and final volume of Donaueschingen, with 120 pages of German tab, as well as its facsimile.  It consists of a few dances and fantasies, but mainly consists of vocal intabulations of pieces by many European composers.

09Jan17: Completed the second Donaueschingen volume, consisting of 162 pages of German tab.  I have also posted the original v2 facsimile.  V. 2 contains 136 pieces., many intabulations of works by Cipriano de Rore and Orlando di Lasso.  It also includes copies, in German tab, of all of Matelart's 1579 volume, including his added parts to create duets to Milano pieces and 13 solo fantasies of his own., as well as miscellaneous pieces by other composers. Again, I am grateful to Arthur Ness and John Robinson for invaluable assistance in sorting out puzzling aspects of the work and for help in finding related source documents.

21Nov16: Completed the first of three volumes of the Donaueschingen Lute Book.  This is a very large German tab source, consisting of three volumes of about 150 large pages each, written for lutes of 6 to 8 courses.  I am also including a cleaned-up version of the original v1 facsimile. The handwriting is unusually clear, and the music has very few errors. It was apparently compiled and written by three doctors of the time.  The first volume contains 117 pieces, including many secular and religious vocal intabulations, as well as some fantasies and many dances.  The tab format is somewhat ususual in that the notation allows accessing any position of the 8 courses on the fingerboard.  In many of the pieces, it also contains tenuto marks (dots or small crossed before the notes to be held) and also right hand fingering dots.  In putting out this edition, I have received significant help and encouragement from Arthur Ness, John Robinson, and Catherine Liddell, who is the one who turned me on to the MS.

11Oct16: I took a break from Dlugorai and completed work on Attaingnant's collection: Dix-huits Basses danses (1530). This is a collection of 63 pieces, including various dances, mostly very easy ones.  Jason Kortis did the encoding, which was entirely error-free, so far as I could tell, and I edited it to my preferred format.

16Sep15: Completed work on the 6th section of Dlugorai, containing galliards. Herbert Speck also set these pieces, and John Robinson set several of them.  I completed my versions before consulting theirs, then checked mine against theirs.  In those cases where I thought they had a preferable version to mine, I noted the editorial changes with their initials [hs] and [lhr].  In doing this section of Dlugorai, I received considerable help and encouragement from John Robinson and Catherine Liddell., which is much appreciated. I should also mention that John Robinson has been very helpful in providing tables of contents for all the Dlugorai sections and for identifying composers, common titles, and concordances for many, if not most, of them.

31Aug16: Completed work on the 5th section of Dlugorai, consisting of "intradas".  After a discussion with John Robinson and Catherine Liddell, I have come to the conclusion that, for purposes of this lute book, an intrada is simply a piece that can be used to start of introduce something, not otherwise a specific type.  That being said, most of the pieces in this section of Dlugorai appear to be allemandes, accompanied by a lesser number of galliards and other triple time pieces, and a few vocal intabulations.  The quality seems still to be quite poor, but there is an occasional gem to be found here.

23Aug16: Completed work on the 4th section of the Dlugorai Lute Book, devoted to pavanes.

29Jul16: Completed the first three sections of the Dlugorai Lute Book, a massive MS consisting of 530 pages of music for 8-course lute, in a somewhat idiosyncratic form of German tablature, divided into different sections.  The first section consists of preludes and various exercises, samples of cadential endings ("cadentia" and "finales"), etc. The second consists of "fugae", which seem more like preludes than fugues, and passamezzi.  The third consists of fantasies plus one galliard. The scribe is quite careless, especially in the placement and value of the rhythm flags, so a fair amount of interpretation and modification has been necessary to produce a reasonable result.  Frequent line errors indicate that some of the pieces may have been copied from sources in French or Italian tab.  After I completed my edition of these first three parts, I discovered that John Robinson had covered much of the same ground in his editions for LSA and Tree.  In comparing our editions, I found that we agreed on about 90% of the corrections, which was very reassuring, because John is a very able and experienced editor.  In those spots where I liked his corrections better than mine,  I put his initials [jhr] in the footnotes documenting the corrections.  I retain full responsibility for any errors in my editions, however.  I hope they are few.

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This is a list of recent additions to the website, with commentaries on them.

Editorial Policy

I feel strongly about making a large quantity of lute music accessible to all for free. See my "manifesto" on the subject", published in LSA Quarterly in 2014.  Over the years, I have collected the pieces on this site from the internet or have entabulated and/or arranged or realized them myself. I have edited all of them and formatted them to fit nicely on US letter size paper (8.5 x 11 in), though some are formatted for US legal size (8.5 x 14 in). I have not formatted any for A4, as life is too short. Again, if you have the fronimo software, it is pretty easy to reformat these to taste.  I have tried to create performable copy in all cases. In editing these files, I have tried to use "canonical" composer names and to eliminate spelling variations wherever possible, and have inserted the names of the "original composers", where known, in parentheses under the title.  For instance, where Albert de Rippe intabulates "Douce memoire", de Rippe is given as the composer and (Pierre Sandrin) as the original composer.  In my footnote credits, I have included credits for encoder and editor. The encoder is the one who actually does the data entry to create the fronimo, TAB, Midi, or Django file that I work from.  Other credits, and other important information, are contained in the "Section Annotations" within the fronimo file. For a detailed explanation of these and other editing practices of mine, see my writeup on fronimo formats. Credits, and other information contained in the fronimo files, are also present in the spreadsheet I have created for the website. I update the spreadsheet frequently to reflect the approximate current state of the data.  It contains hyperlinks to fronimo, midi,and pdf files for each entry.  It also has other data, such as key, type of piece, instrumentation, and difficulty.  If you can read the Excel file, that is probably the easiest way of finding things until an actual searchable database is created.

To Err is Human; to Correct, Divine

In all cases, I have edited and formatted each piece and take responsibility for any errors therein. Although I have tried to be as accurate as possible, I'm sure many errors remain. I have cited the original source (MS or otherwise) whenever I knew it, and the original contributor/encoder, though over the years some of this data has been lost. If you feel you are the one that originally contributed a particular piece and have not been acknowledged for having done so, or if you know the source of a particular piece for which a source is not cited or wrongly cited, please email me at so I can update the footnote. Also, if you find errors in any of the pieces, can you please email me and, if possible, attach the modified version? I maintain a  Corrections and Contributors Honor Roll to credit all who have contributed to this effort. You can also email me at with any comments or special requests.



I hope you get and give a great deal of pleasure from playing these pieces!

Sarge Gerbode

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