Robert Eklund’s Lute Page

[L]e luth est le Charlatan de la Musique, parce qu’il fait passer pour bon ce qui est mauuais sur les bons instrumens.

    Marin Mersenne (1637)

History of the Lute

This page is very much under construction (and has been so for quite some time, alas). My intention is to translate my introductory article from 1992 into English (on-going work), with some additions, but this will probably take a few weeks (or months). Below are some articles and essays that I've published, though. The numbering is the same as the one found on the Publications Page. For more pictures, sound samples and film clips, see the Audio & Video Page.

[3] Eklund, Robert. 1992. (Corrections 1993.)
Musikens charlatan: en historik över lutan.
[The charlatan of music: a history of the lute.]
Tidskrift för Tidig Musik, nr 4, årgång 14, pp. 5–13, Uppsala.
Corrections of editorial mistakes in: Tidsskrift för tidig musik, 1993, nummer 1, årgång 15, p. 10


Eklund, Robert. 1991.
UUB 20:13 – A Contextual Analysis of a Lute Manuscript.
Master’s Degree paper in Musicology (104 pages).
Supplementary book: Tablature, Transcription, Concordances. (124 pages.)
Abstract published in Svensk Tidskrift för Musikforskning, vol. 71, 1991, Göteborg 1992, p. 122, see [3].

[2] Eklund, Robert. 1990.
Frihetstidens svenska lutenister - fanns dom?.
[The lutenists of the ‘Freedom Era’ – did they exist?]
Musikologen – Musikvetenskaplig bulletin, pp. 65–67,
Dept. of Musicology, Stockholm University.

[1] Eklund, Robert & Mathias Thiel. 1988.
The Instructions of Johann Christian Beyer.
THE LUTE, vol. XXVIII, pp. 34–46. London.

Lute Links

Another intention is to collect lute links for display here. However, this would probably just mirror (if that!) the fantastic link collection found on Kenneth Sparr’s Homepage, where you’ll also find other information with regard to the lute.

I will add more information here, but that will have to wait.

A long time I intended to write up a concise description of the lute here, but since the Wikipedia page has preempted all my plans, I recommend that you go to:

Also, my former course mate from the Royal College of Music, Lynda Sayce, has an informative homepage, well worth visiting:

Robert Eklund’s Homepage