The goal of this site to list every piece written for the western lute after 1815. It is to help lute players find modern and contemporary music to play on their lute. I use both terms - modern (for the purposes of this site) is post 1815 and into the 20th century etc and Contemporary is what is being written today.
This is an ambitious project and the listing will always be incomplete, so if you know of music for lute that should be included please fill in the Contact Form and it will be added in the next update. The best way to ensure your works are listed quickly is to send me a list of the titles with what type of lute it/they are written for - e.g. 7 Course Renaissance Lute, 10 Course Renaissance Lute, 11 Course Baroque Lute, Archlute, Theorbo etc etc.
I hope you find this site interesting and useful.
Updates are being made daily. If you are a composer and have written music for lute that you would like added to the listing please contact us via the contact form.
As of 21 September 2014 this site lists 327 modern and contemporary pieces written for lute.
The lute of the medieval troubadours, renaissance humanists and baroque courts is alive and well today and enjoying a revival amongst players of all ages.
Many composers have written for the lute since it's supposed demise in c.1815 and the aim of this website is to provide as complete a list as possible of this music.
You will find everything from jazz, 12 tone, classical, pop as well as a nod to renaissance and baroque musical styles.
We will provide you with as much information about each piece as we can gather, including details of where to find the music. Where this is not provided it means that we do not have this information ourselves.
A section listing recordings will be added at some stage but our first concern is to get as many pieces listed as possible.
This site was begun using a list of works gathered by Lynda Sayce over a period of many years as the basis. Works are continually being added to this original list through internet searching and information coming in via the online contact form for this site.
When logging on to this site please clear your cache of older versions of this site or you may not see the latest additions.
Where the type of lute has not been specified in the title or composer's notes we have assumed a Renaissance Lute in G is the instrument required