mainterm wrote:I did a little poking around and found a reference to the presumably lost 1551 tutor by Le Roy, however the title of this refers to the guitar, e.g. "Briefe et facile instruction pour apprendre la tabulature à bien accorder, conduir et disposer la main sur la guiterne". Is this one you are referencing above?
Hello Mainterm - you will probably want to follow this up further but briefly (and as far as I can recall):
Le Roy's first instructional volume went by the title:
Breve et facile instruction pour apprendre la tablature a bien accorder, conduire et disposer la main sur le cistre.
Cistre = cittern which generally had 4 courses although there also existed the "archicistre" with additional bass strings. I have never seen one of these.
Some years later came another with almost the same title except:
... disposer la main sur la Guiterne.
The guiterne (called quintern in Germany) often had five courses and one assumes that this
volume was the source of the "englished" version published in 1568.
The four course guitar had been growing in popularity in France at this time, a trend which was not reflected across the channel - hence the reference to the lute in the translation although I believe that there was also an English edition for the gittern.
mainterm wrote:do you know any more about the link between these texts or know of research materials that elaborate on this?
I'm out of touch with current research - you could begin with Harvey Turnbull's, "The Guitar from the Renaissance to the Present"
and there was a more recent book by Christopher page on the guitar in Tudor England. The title eludes me and I can't see it on my shelf, but search his name and you'll find it. He has also published some interesting papers on specific texts from the period.
Happy to be corrected/updated by the way - please share your findings ...