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Collection Overview
Historical Information for Lute
Scope and Content
Subject Headings
Information for Researchers
Administrative Information

Collection Overview (Collapse)

Collection consists of one stringed musical instrument called a lute.
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Dimensions note
The lute measures 36 inches in length, and 10 1/2 inches at the' widest point.
C.S. North, Shelf 371
RIT Archive Collections
RIT Libraries
Wallace Center
90 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, New York, 14623
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Historical Information for Lute (Collapse)

A lute can refer generally to any plucked string instrument with a neck and a deep round back, or more specifically to an instrument from the family of European lutes. The European lute and the modern Near-Eastern oud both descend from a common ancestor via diverging evolutionary paths. The lute is used in a great variety of instrumental music from the Medieval to the late Baroque eras and was probably the most important instrument for secular music in the Renaissance.

Lutes are made almost entirely of wood. The sound hole is not open, but rather covered with a grille in the form of a decorative knot, carved directly out of the wood of the soundboard. The result of the lute's design is an instrument extremely light for its size. The lute's strings, there are 19 in all, are arranged in courses, of two strings each, though the highest-pitched course usually consists of only a single string. The courses are tuned in unison for high and intermediate pitches. The neck of a lute is angled back at almost 90 degrees.

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Scope and Content (Collapse)

According to our records, the lute was given to RIT in 1969 by a student named Robert Meadow. The lute is made of wood, and it has the 90 degree angled neck.

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Arrangement (Collapse)

Lute is one piece.

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Subject Headings (Collapse)

Personal Name(s)

  • Meadow, Robert

Corporate Name(s)

  • Rochester Institute of Technology -- Students.


  • Lute


  • Musical instruments
  • Plucked instruments

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Information for Researchers (Collapse)

Preferred Citation

Lute, RIT Archive Collections

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open to researchers.

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Administrative Information (Collapse)

Collection ID


Accession Information

The lute was donated to RIT by a student, Robert Meadow in 1969. Accession number(s): Acc.2012:059

Processing Information

Finding aid created by Jody Sidlauskas in September 2012.

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