Saturday, December 17, 2005

Lute History

Julia Craig-McFeely thesis

Welcome to English Lute Manuscripts and Scribes 1530-1630.

Before you get excited about reading a thesis about lute music, this is not about the music. The work was undertaken as an examination of the context and composition of the English lute sources, and I hope that you will find it useful in providing information that you may not have considered before.

The thesis was written in 1992 and finally read and passed by my examiners in 1994, which means that it will almost certainly have some bits that you consider out-of-date. I have appended a paper written a couple of years after the completion ot the thesis, which discusses the symbolism of the lute, and adds yet another footnote to the long-running discussion regarding the decline of this wonderful instrument.


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