Contributions to Guitar Studies (Part I)
Translated from the Swedish by Jan Ring Ellis, revised and annotated by Kenneth Sparr.
In 1926-28, a Handbuch der Laute und Gitarre in dictionary form (296 pages, 8vo) was published in Vienna. The author of the work was the Vienna lecturer Josef Zuth, who in 1919 wrote a doctoral thesis entitled “Simon Molitor und die Wiener Gitarristik um 1800”. Zuth had made himself quite a name in guitar studies: in addition to his own work, he published compositions for the guitar by e. g. Molitor and Schubert as well as a guitar journal. Shortly after the completion of his Handbuch, Zuth published an announcement in several journals in which he called upon experts to co-operate in a new work—an Enzyklopädie der Laute und Gitarre. This appeal did not go unheard, and Zuth was soon in position to begin to publish his enormous work which contained, in literature alone, over 30,000 entries. According to Zuth, the work should cover and contain the...
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