Early Guitars and Vihuela

A network for historic guitars and vihuelas

For all gut strung historical guitars (Renaissance, Baroque, and Early Romantic) and related plucked, fretted instruments up to c. 1850



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Karl Michelson posted a discussion

Fernando Sor and Haydn

Hello dear colleagues,I have been chewing on the statement that "Sor was a fan of Haydn" or "writes music like Haydn but for the guitar".Does anyone know where this claim originates from?Was it perhaps written in a concert review or as a comment in a paper from his time?And does he really write music with a similar style to Haydn?Many questions. And perhaps few answers. What do you reckon?See More
7 hours ago
Martyn Hodgson commented on mel's photo

Genuine or Not?

Jan 20
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Jan 19
Dr. Henner Kahlert posted a discussion

Chambure Vihuela measurements

I am building my second Chambure Vihuela according to a set of plans by the Musée de la Musique, Paris. After a very long time looking for a method to bend the fluted ribs of the back I found this article by Richard Coleman, Sixteenth Century Rib Bending:https://www.fomrhi.org/uploads/bulletins/Fomrhi-103.pdfp. 1753 whose method I aplied. I used pear wood, which should behave best according to Coleman. Now I tried…See More
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Dec 19, 2021
Lex Eisenhardt commented on Lex Eisenhardt's video

Foscarini, Alemanda in C minor - Lex Eisenhardt, baroque guitar

"Thank you, Monica. Perhaps I will. As you will understand, the 'reconstruction' of this alemanda was a true headache. "
Dec 17, 2021
Monica Hall commented on Lex Eisenhardt's video

Foscarini, Alemanda in C minor - Lex Eisenhardt, baroque guitar

"It is lovely to hear something from Foscarini's fifth book. I hope you will record some more pieces."
Dec 17, 2021


Fernando Sor and Haydn

Started by Karl Michelson in General Discussion 7 hours ago.

Chambure Vihuela measurements

Started by Dr. Henner Kahlert in Renaissance Guitar & Vihuela Jan 3.

Francesco Molino 1 Reply

Started by Jan Burgers in General Discussion. Last reply by Jelma van Amersfoort Nov 9, 2021.

Valdambrini´s libro secondo 6 Replies

Started by Bernhard Hofstötter in Baroque Guitar. Last reply by Bernhard Hofstötter Nov 5, 2021.

June Yakeley

Started by Monica Hall in General Discussion Oct 9, 2021.


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Created by Jelma van Amersfoort Mar 3, 2021 at 8:41pm. Last updated by Jelma van Amersfoort Aug 25, 2021.

The 2021 Andrew Britton Fellowship - call for submissions

The Cambridge-based Consortium for Guitar Research is awarding the Andrew Britton Fellowship to a young or early career researcher again this year. Applicants are invited to submit their CV, and a separate 400 word (maximum) statement describing their latest research and explaining why this award would be useful to them. 

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Here is a new(ish) page that lists most known four- and five-course guitar sources, besides lute music: https://www.earlymusicsources.com/more/lute-music-sources?fbclid=IwAR1I8XtiHpVtGuHb5vc6NK-RSPNxh73OuDQq-eIhxfYn-skrX-wr1gkHPaI


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