A bibliography of lute music from c.1815 to today

Latest updates - Friday 3 June 2011 

Welcome to the Modern (post 1815) and Contemporary Lute Music Website.

The goal of this site to list every piece written for the western lute after 1815. 

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.

I hope you find this site interesting and useful. 

Susan King


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.

As of the 3 June 2011 this site lists 208 works - some are individual pieces while others are entire suites or books.

When logging on to this site please clear your cache of older versions of this site or you may not see the latest additions.



How to Use this Site.

  • If you know the composer's name you can look up the ALPHABETICAL BY COMPOSER page.
  • If you are looking for music for a particular type of lute (e.g. Renaissance, 11c baroque or archlute etc) or if solo, duo, ensemble etc, then try our search this site facility.  It will be installed very soon.  

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

To visit our other sites:

Susan King http://susanjking.com/susanjking.com/Home.html

Lynda Sayce  http://www.theorbo.com/


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