Sources of lute music
- Arthur J. Ness
- and C.A. Kolczynski
This is one of a group of articles that give an outline of the spread of music and the range of sources before c1600. While the bulk of music throughout the period is vocal (as far as is known) and is discussed in the article Sources, MS, there are still some repertories that were always distinct. The sources of lute music are perhaps the clearest to distinguish for, with few exceptions, they were written in a special range of notations that did not use the staff.
The terminal date adopted here is later than that for other articles in the group because many important repertories of lute music date from after 1600. Thus the repertory of the English golden age straddles the turn of the century, the principal French school flourished internationally in the 17th century, and a group of central European lutenists sustained the instrument as a viable medium well into the last decades of the 18th century....