About the German Lute Society
The history and function of the German Lute Society
The lute is one of the oldest instruments of mankind. Its history extends over four thousand years, back to Arabic, Persian and Babylonian musical cultures. What once was the ‘Queen of Instruments’ reached its heyday in Europe between the 15th and the close of the 18th centuries, passing through processes of musical development and adaptations in construction to meet changing requirements, and eventually passing into oblivion. Recently, however, it has again experienced an increasing level of interest over a period of several years.
The abundant and multifaceted literature on the lute and the development of its construction is far from having been completely researched. Much information about the lute may still lie undiscovered or forgotten in museums and collections. Investigating, analysing, collating, and making this remarkable heritage of qualitative and quantitative information available through publication requires a lot of work, to which the Lute Society wishes to make a significant contribution.
The German Lute Society (DLG) was founded 1996 in Stuttgart and has officially been registered as a 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. In this regard, the DLG cultivates its international relations with other European lute societies and the Lute Society of America.
Some of the main activities:
- The DLG promotes both research and the performance of lute music, to bring about increased familiarity with the instrument. The activities of the DLG are aimed to appeal equally to interested amateurs, professionals, and music-loving members of the public, including an international context.
Some members have already formed networks focussing their attention on various artistic activities as well as on research. In particular, there are the so-called ‘player meetings’ that take place regularly at various locations. Initiatives whereby players organise themselves are positively welcomed and supported within the scope of possibilities of the DLG.
- Once a year, the DLG organizes the Festival of the Lute, at which occasion the members' AGM is held. The meeting is open to the public, and takes place at different interesting locations (for example, museums with instrument collections or libraries with surviving lute tablatures. 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, 2006, 2010 and 2017), Kassel (2007), Regensburg (2008), Burg Sternberg(Westfalen-Lippe)(2009, 2012 and 2015), Bremen (2011 and 2013), Augsburg (2014), Frankfurt am Main (2016), Wolfenbüttel (2018).
- Via our newsletter "Lauten-Info" members will be informed about current affairs several times per year. Short reports and studies as well as tablature supplements, containing formerly unknown material or material that is difficult to access, are periodically presented in the Lauten-Info.
- The DLG edits and publishes a yearbook "Die Laute" containing authoritative contributions by authors at home and abroad, as well as theoretical and practical works of several eras of the lute.
- The DLG supports this website, topical articles, “Link-Sammlung” and other activities concerning the lute, together with reports of the activities of the DLG.
Committee of the German Lute Society
Mittlere Straße 140
CH - 4056 Basel
Deputy ChairmanDr. Peter Király
Tel. +49 631 69866
Tel. +49 511 27 00 529
Tel. +49 89 21086535
Lute Festival OrganiserOliver Holzenburg
Tel. +41 79 313 56 00
Festival Wolfenbüttel 2018Dr. Sigrid Wirth
Tel. +49 5331 71145
Lute MakingVinzenz Bachmeier
Advisory BoardChristian Altenhain, Werner Bogula, Beate Dittmann, Joachim Domning, Werner Faust, Alexander Josef, Martin Lubenow, Rainer Luckhardt, Markus Lutz, Mathias Roesel, Albrecht Schießer, Christine Schneider, Matthias Schneider, Heribert Steinheuer, Suzanne van Os, Horst Vladar, Wolfgang Wiehe
Editors: Lauten InfoFlorian Hellbach, Roland Kauke, Peter Király, Christian Kotnik, Markus Lutz
Tablature Supplement and orders for MusicRainer Luckhardt
Tel. +49 7641 93 28 03
Proof Editing & CorrectionHorst-Dieter Radke
Tel. +49 9343 58 00 88
Contact for the HomepageAlbrecht Schießer
Tel. +49 228 92679145
Contact for the ForumAlexander Josef
Contact for FacebookRoland Kauke, Ingo Negwer, Suzanne van Os
Contact for Newcomers to the LuteLothar Wilfling
Tel. +49 30 651 61 90
Contact for Lute Hire
8- and 10-course renaissance lute:
Tel. +49 9564 47 31
Liuto attiorbato, theorbo:
Tel. +49 30 612 67 31