A brief introduction in English
The German Lute Society (DLG) was founded 1996 in Stuttgart and has officially been registered as non-profit association. The DLG concentrates on the cultivation and exploration of music for the lute, its repertoire, its several types of instruments and its contemporary environment, first of all in German speaking areas but also regarding international relations. Inferentially, the DLG cultivates its international relations with other European lute societies and the Lute Society of America.

Some of the main activities:

- research as well as performance of music for the lute in order to make the lute more widely known. Some members have already formed networks focussing their attention on various artistic activities as well as on research. The meetings of these activity groups take place regularly at varying locations.

- Once a year, the DLG organizes the Festival of the Lute, at which occasion the main members' assembly is held. The program usually includes concerts and talks concerning the most different aspects of the lute and playing the lute. Exhibitions by luthiers and publishers or providers of literature and sound storage media have by now become an integral part of the festival. Festival venues have so far been Stuttgart (1996), Leipzig (1997), Nuremberg (1998), Basel (1999), Dresden (2000 and 2001), Salzburg (2002), Cologne (2003), Rostock (2004), Füssen (2005 and 2006), Kassel (2007), Regensburg (2008), Burg Sternberg(Westfalen-Lippe)(2009 and 2012), Füssen (2010), Bremen (2011).

- "Lauten-Info": four times a year, members will be informed about current affairs by tour newsletter. Short reports and studies as well as tablature supplements, containing formerly unknown or hardly accessible material, are periodically presented in the Lauten-Info.

- "Die Laute": The DLG edits and publishes a yearbook "Die Laute" containing scientific contributions by authors at home and abroad, as well as theoretical and practical works of several eras of the lute.

In case you wish to ask further questions about the DLG and its affairs, please contact any member of the leading committee (see below) or send us an e-mail:


Membership is open to anyone, anywhere. Dues for one year are 50 Euro per person, a family or an institution. Pupils, students, unemloyed persons and other entitled can apply for a 50% reduction of the ship due. Children and young people under age as well as persons enrolled in studies of the lute are free of charge.

Membership benefits include:

* usually four issues of the DLG e.V.´s "Lauten-Info" per year (each including a separate collection of tablatures usually for various types of lute/different periods)

* one issue of the annual publication "Die Laute" (including all the papers read at the International Festival of the Lute)

* a directory of your fellow members in the DLG e.V.

* free access to all meetings, assemblies and concerts in case, the DLG e.V. is the only responsible organizer

* reduced prices for the publications of the DLG e.V

* assistance to organize smaller regional meetings of lute players.

Applications for membership must include a full mailing address, plus any additional contact information (such as a telephone number or e-mail address) that you wish to list in the directory. It is recommended, but not required, that you use our membership application form. Please download the

"Application for Membership"

Please send your application to:

Presiding chairman: Matthias Scheider, Sandplackenstraße 13, 60488 Frankfurt, Tel.:069/769244,
e-mail: musikmat(at)aol(dot)com

Vice chairman: Dr. Peter Király, Glockenstraße 34, 67655 Kaiserslautern, Tel.:0631/69866,
e-mail: P-Kiraly(at)t-online(dot)de

Secretary: Christine Schneider, Sandplackenstraße 13, 60488 Frankfurt, Tel.:069/769244,
e-mail: musikmat(at)aol(dot)com

Cashier and responsible for the lute festival: Oliver Holzenburg, Mittlere Straße 112, CH-4056 Basel,
Tel.: +41-61-2713785, e-mail: holzenburg(at)gmx(dot)net

If your german is like our japanese it could be helpfull to find some of the buttons on our website a bit more explained. Here we go:

- Aktuelles: Information about Luteplayers Meetings ("Spielertreffen"), which are organized in several parts of Germany, about the International Lute Festival ("Festival der Laute"), about workshops, summer schools, etc. ("Kurse") and finally what members of the DLG wrote about these activities ("Berichte").

- Infos: History of the lute ("Geschichte der Laute") / Lute for beginners ("Laute für Einsteiger") / Lute teachers ("Lautenlehrer") / where to study lute ("Lautenstudium") / Computer programs to type and set tablatures ("Tab-Programme") / other websites dedicated to famous composers and/or luteplayers ("VIP-Lounge").

- Lautenfrüchte: Behind this Button the DLG offers free tablatures to download.

- Business: Information about lute makers and strings ("Lautenbau + Saiten"), about lute music publishers ("Verlage"), about where you can obtain tablatures, books, etc. ("Handel"), and finally a maketplace for used instruments ("Marktplatz"). Please note that the "Marktplatz" has moved now to our Forum!

- Lautengesellschaften: links to other lute societies

- Links: other useful links