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Before there was Lutestuff.com, there was Instru­menta Anti­qua. IA was cre­ated in 1964, long before per­sonal com­put­ers. Its mis­sion was (and still is) to reveal to the world the extra­or­di­nary music that was pop­u­lar in Europe 400 years ago. Who (in 1964) could have fore­seen the elec­tronic rev­o­lu­tion to come and the Inter­net? It seems astound­ing that lute music has made it to the WWW in 2016! This says much about the qual­ity of the art they prac­ticed long ago and the endur­ing beauty and power of the lute.


Stanley Buetens

Stan­ley Buetens | 1931–2009

Stan­ley Buetens’ books and teach­ings intro­duced many decades of clas­si­cal musi­cians to a great quan­tity of rarely pub­lished music. I could never match his knowl­edge of the lute, but he did inspire my love of pub­lish­ing and design, so I will con­tinue to sell his books. I will also release his final col­lec­tion of unre­leased music on CD which he was work­ing on until his ill­ness. Please for­give any past delays in orders.

Stan Buetens co-founded the Lute Soci­ety of Amer­ica with Ken LaBarre, his stu­dent and col­lab­o­ra­tor on sev­eral lute works offered here. Stan was invited to teach the lute at Stan­ford Uni­ver­sity in 1966 and became pres­i­dent of the LSA in 1967.

Instru­menta Anti­qua was also co-founded with Ken LaBarre but most of the books were pro­duced in Cal­i­for­nia. They helped ini­ti­ate a mod­ern revival of the lute. The Method for the Renais­sance Lute sold more than 20,000 copies and helped launch the career of many lutenists play­ing today. It is still avail­able in its 7th print­ing.

The other works in this cat­a­log also have had a pro­found impact on the lute world.

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