The Lute in Britain

The Lute in Britain : A History of the Instrument and Its Music

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The lute was one of the most important instruments in use in Europe from late medieval times up to the eighteenth century. Despite its acknowledged importance, this study is the first ever comprehensive work on the instrument and its music, apart from performance studies or bibliographical and reference publications. The book focuses on the lute's history, but also contains chapters on the lute in concert, lute song accompaniment, the thearbo, and the lute in Scotland. Written for the music student, the serious listener, the player, maker, and lute enthusiast, Spring makes available for the first time over 40 years of musical scholarship previously the preserve of academic journals.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 568 pages
  • 210.82 x 297.18 x 35.56mm | 1,360.77g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 66 halftones, 1 line illus.
  • 0195188381
  • 9780195188387
  • 1,075,657

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Spring's book is the first attempt to trace a history of the lute in Britain (including Scotland) from the earliest known documents of about 1285 to its decline in the early eighteenth century...A formidable task considering its long and complex history. * Renaissance Quarterly * The Lute in Britain has been beautifully produced by Oxford University Press. The vast amount of information it contains, its presentation, the extremely useful tables of music sources and iconography, and the wonderful selection of illustrations make it will worth the price. A 'must' for scholars of English and Scottish music and the ever-growing number of players in the international lute community, it should also be of interest to instrument makers and researchers for the wealth of information it provides on the physical nature of the instruments, which is meticulously documented by a combination of iconography, music sources, and contemporary writings. Undoubtedly, this book will become a standard reference work and should be found in every music library in the world. * Journal of the American Musical Instrument Society * Performer-scholar Matthew Spring has written the first full-length history of the lute and its repertory to appear in print...For a single scholar to have undertaken such a comprehensive study is remarkable; that he has accomplished it in such a masterly fashion is nothing short of amazing. * Journal of the American Musical Instrument Society * Spring's book is the first attempt to trace a history of the lute in Britain (including Scotland) from the earliest known documents of about 1285 to its decline in the early eighteenth century...A formidable task considering its long and complex history. * Renaissance Quarterly * The Lute in Britain has been beautifully produced by Oxford University Press. The vast amount of information it contains, its presentation, the extremely useful tables of music sources and iconography, and the wonderful selection of illustrations make it will worth the price. A 'must' for scholars of English and Scottish music and the ever-growing number of players in the international lute community, it should also be of interest to instrument makers and researchers for the wealth of information it provides on the physical nature of the instruments, which is meticulously documented by a combination of iconography, music sources, and contemporary writings. Undoubtedly, this book will become a standard reference work and should be found in every music library in the world. * Journal of the American Musical Instrument Society *show more

About Matthew Spring

Matthew Spring is now a Reader in Music at Bath Spa University. Formerly he taught at London Guildhall University, where he held a three-year Leverhulme Research Fellowship (1989-92), followed by a period as music lecturer at Birmingham University.He performs with a number of Early Music ensembles and has appeared on over 50 recordings.show more

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