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Anthology of 17th century European lute music in danger of leaving Great Britain

An early 17th-century manuscript of Italian and French lute music was in danger of leaving Great Britain.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) says the anthology has been valued at £214,200 and contains around 320 works by composers such as British musician John Dowland, brother of Galileo and more.

The binding is thought to be the work of Federnelkenmeister, or carnation master, from Cologne, who was active until 1619.

A temporary export ban has been put in place on the subject to allow time for a UK gallery or institution to purchase it for their collection.

Captivating and evocative, it includes work, among many others, by both the English composer John Dowland and a brother of Galileo.Peter Barber, Review Committee

During the 17th century, the instrument was popular among the middle class, and the creation of anthologies was a way to preserve the work of composers who did not produce enough works to warrant publication. their own episodes.

According to DCMS, the “rich and cosmopolitan” work will help develop an understanding of how cultures thrive across national borders despite the Thirty Years’ War, considered one of the most destructive conflicts in European history.

Whitley Bay Arts Minister Lord Parkinson said: “Lute music is an important part of our artistic heritage and this anthology can teach us so much.

“This fascinating manuscript can be described as a 17th-century streaming platform thanks to its ability to allow the sharing of music by outstanding composers across Europe.

“I hope a buyer comes to save the land for the nation.”

The export ban was introduced on this subject on the advice of the Review Committee on the Export of Works of Art and Cultural Interest.

Committee member Peter Barber said: “Recently there has been some small research done on this large and beautiful manuscript album of early lute music.

“Engaging and evocative, it includes work, among many others, by both the English composer John Dowland and by a brother of Galileo.

“The series promises to shed light on the circulation of music, especially lute music, the role it played in music creation and dance, in Western Europe while the Thirty Years’ War was raging at the beginning and mid-17th century. One third of the piece, amounting to 89 copies, cannot be found anywhere else.

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The Lute Manuscript (DCMS/PA)

“Completely European, the volume is assembled by a German, written mainly in the French style and contains music from many lands.

“The volume is also of research value because of its association with the musical instrument maker Arnold Dolmetsch (1858-1940). Dolmetsch is a leading figure associated with the early 20th century renaissance of early musical performance using the instruments of the time.

“The album is part of a collection he has assembled and his captions show that he takes it very seriously. Dolmetsch lived most of his life and was particularly attached to England, where the largest remains of his musical collection are still found.

“Therefore, the research value of the album could be more fully exploited, if it had remained in the UK.”

The decision on the export license application for the manuscript will be deferred until June 13.

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