Andreas Schlegel & Joachim Lüdtke (text)
Mihaly Horvath (graphics & image design)

The Lute in Europe 2

The first edition of 2006 was quickly sold out – 
now the

new, substantially enlarged edition 

is available!

And that’s how it looks:


”It is such a more comprehensive work than the first version, and is now really a very much more useful reference book. 
It has so much information packed into every page and the amount of material in full colour is outstanding. 
Congratulations! This is a really important contribution to the contemporary lute scene and the image of the lute.“
John Griffiths, Centre d’Études Supérieures de la Renaissance, F-Tours

„A Great Book About Lutes: 
Die Laute in Europa 2 by Andreas Schlegel & Joachim Lüdtke
Copiously illustrated with hundreds of photographs of museum instruments of every kind, this book explores the entire family of plucked instruments from ancient times to the present day, including the very latest research and discoveries (for example, the 
Chitarra Italiana). An eye-opener in more ways than one! A must-have.“


 Soundboard, Vol. XXXVIII, No. 3, 2012, p. 78 (David Grimes)

Andreas Schlegel and Joachim Lüdtke (editors): The Lute in Europe 2. Menziken: The Lute Corner, 2011. ISBN 978-3-9523232-1-2. Hardbound. 447 pp. No price marked.
Since the first edition (2006) sold out quickly, the editors have prepared a new and greatly-expanded second edition of this valuable reference work. Beautifully illustrated, it is a book that could grace your coffee table, as well as your bookshelf. In addition to treatment of the instrument itself, there is a wealth of informative material covering notation, string technology, tuning and many other topics.
The second edition includes a substantial discussion of European instruments related to the lute (vihuela, guitar, bandurria, mandolin, cittern, etc.) and an extensive historical overview from the Medieval period to the present day. Several of these instrumental sections were contributed by various authorities in the particular fields: Carlos González (vihuela de mano), Renzo Salvador (Renaissance and Baroque guitars), Pepe Rey (bandurria), Peter Forrester (cittern), Lorenz Mühlemann (later cittern and Halszither), Pedro Caldeira Cabral (guitarra portuguesa), Kenneth Sparr (Swedish lute) and Roman Turovsky (torban).
All the text is in parallel German and English. This would be an essential book for anyone teaching a course in lute/guitar history or for anyone interested in the background for either instrument.
As a bonus, there is a lovely and most useful poster that gives a timeline of lute development on one side, and the same for guitar and cittern on the other. It has illustrations of all the instruments in use at a particular time, along with associated milestones in construction and repertoire. -David Grimes

The new edition of the long sold-out book The Lute in Europe represents on 447 pages 
the lute and (as a new feature) the other important European plucked strings, so it treats of:

Lute, guitar, mandolin and cittern.

The book includes contributions by the following authors:
Pedro Caldeira Cabral: Guitarra Portuguesa
Peter Forrester: Cittern
Carlos Gonzalez: Vihuela de mano
Lorenz Mühlemann: Halszithers in Switzerland
Pepe Rey: Bandurria
Renzo Salvador: Baroque guitar
Kenneth Sparr: Swedish lute
Michael Treder: Lute music of the Habsburg territories
Roman Turovsky: Torban

Another new feature is a
Historical survey
from the Middle Ages till today (pp. 188-359):

C. 1200 – The early spring of the lute in Europe
1450 – The end of the Middle Ages and the rise of domestic lute playing
Around 1500 – The rise of the lute
1580 – From Renaissance to Baroque
1640 – Flowering in France
Lute music of the Habsburg territories
1710 – Flowering of the aristocratic lute
1760 – Cittern, Mandora and Guitar
The Guitar, 1810 till today
Rediscovery of the lute in the 19th and early 20th century
The lute – An instrument of the early music movement

An almost completely new illustration program of about
150 full-page color pictures
(there were “only” 31 in the first edition)
of instruments, sources and works of art accompanies the book text.

In addition, the book comes with a 
poster showing a synoptic view of instruments and sources in chronological order:
Lutes and mandolins on one side, guitars and citterns on the other.
There has never before been such a combination of clarity and wealth of information in an overview of this kind!

The illustrations show in chronological order

• Original instruments
most of them shown from different directions and with instructive captions
Example pp. 96-97: Lute by Greiff
Example pp. 144-145: Arciliuto by Harz
Example pp. 174-175: Angélique (with details of a conversion)
Example pp. 180-181: Gallichon
Example pp. 182-183: Diatonic Cister, 1715
Example pp. 192-193: 6-course Baroque mandolin
Example pp. 216-217: The earliest surviving Neapolitan mandolin
Example pp. 234-235: 5-course guitar from c. 1775
Example pp. 240-241: English Guittar
Example pp. 260-261: 6-course guitar from 1822
Example pp. 270-271: Emmental Halszithers
Example pp. 286-287: Nuevo Laúd, Bandurria and Guitarra Portuguesa
Example pp. 306-307: Flat-back mandolins
Example pp. 324-325: Jazz guitars
Example pp. 336-337: Theorbo for airplane travelling lutenists

• Iconographic documents
Paintings, engravings, sculptures
Example pp. 48-49: Vihuela de mano and Rebec / bowed gittern from a church in Segovia
Example pp. 92-93: Sarazeni: Angel with a lute with Theorbo extension
Example pp. 352-353: Photographs from the the pioneer times of the Early Music movement

• Music
original tablatures from manuscript and printed sources – almost always 
with special features which are explained in the captions and sometimes in the book text, too.
Example pp. 62-63: German tablature printed with type
Example pp. 116-117: French tablature in manuscript
Example pp. 170-171: French tablature in manuscript and music printed “en partition“
Example pp. 298-299: From a lute tutor of 1911

• Plates and charts
which allow a survey of the instruments
Example pp. 10-11: The basic model of the lute
Example pp. 14-15: Lutes with extended bass strings
Example pp. 18-19: Vihuela, Viola da mano, early guitar models
Example pp. 370-371: From the “Nomenclature of instruments”

For legal reasons, all example pages are shown here in low resolution versions!
Please use the display mode “double page” for an impression of the opened book.


Systematic Section:
Construction, tablature, instrument types.

Historical Section:
History, development, music, composer and other themes and items from the Middle Ages to our days.

with literature and information on the current state of research.
Example pp. 382-383

Index of names
Example 436-437
A subject index and an index of places will be placed on this website soon!

giving a synoptic view of the instrument’s chronology, the most important sources and names.





Pages 1-7 as an introduction to the book

Without the generous support of many lute, guitar, cittern and mandolin specialists 
this book project could not have been realized. 
We therefore recommend visiting the 
acknowledgements page.

Much to our regret, we have forgotten to mention our 
graphic designer and photography specialist 
in the imprint of the book!
Therefore we would like to express our heartfelt thanks to
Mihaly Horvath
And this is a link to Mihaly Horvath’s music website!

447 pages, hardcover, page marker ribbon, illustrations in full color throughout the book, 
text German and English, large sized poster.
ISBN 978-3-9523232-1-2. CHF 39,- (Switzerland) plus transport costs.

Both the first and the second edition’s picture programs complement each other excellently!Whoever owns a copy of the first edition will be delighted by the new book and the collection of marvelous pictures the two books contain! Delivery addresses for the second edition

for bookstores in the German speaking regions:
Deutschland: MGS Loib GmbH, Dieselstr. 26, 85084 Reichertshofen,, Tel +49 (0)8453 336 500
Österreich: MGS Loib, Hauptstrasse 1, 2232 Deutsch-Wagram, 
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Schweiz: Musica Viva AG, Schützenmattstr. 1, 8180 Bülach,, +41 (0)44 864 41 50

Delivery for private customers:
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with regard to speed of delivery and lowest postage. Outside Switzerland and Germany, the higher transport costs 
and sometimes the customs duty add to the total price of the book. The precise costs of your order can be asked beforehand.

United Kingdom:
JACKS PIPES and HAMMERS, the Early Music specialists
Scout Bottom Farm, Mytholmroyd, Hebden Bridge HX7 5JS
Phone: +44(0)1422 882751, Fax: +44(0)1422 886157
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Harp Guitar Music
P.O. Box 573155
Tarzana, CA 91357
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Australia & New Zealand:
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Andrew Byrne
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LGS-Japan c/0 Toyohiko Satoh
162-2 Shimoide
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Tel&Fax: +81(0)968-66-0014
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Belgische Luitacademy - Académie belge du luth - Belgian Lute Academy
Secretary: Greet Schamp, mail: 
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Carlos González, Suspiro des Moro, 30, E-04720 Aguadulce, Almeria, +34 950 491 247, mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Knud Sindt, calle Alicante 3, 1° C, E-18198 Monachil (GR)

Le Point d'Accroche, 4-6 avenue de la porte Montmartre, 75018 Paris 
Tel & Fax: 01 42 52 65 82

Gyorgy Lorinczi
Str. Ramurele Nr. 33 Ap. 15
540463 TG Mures
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