Guitar and Lute Issues
The on-line magazine of Editions Orphée.
Matanya Ophee started the Guitar and Lute Issues website in 1996 and continued to add articles until 2015. After Matanya’s passing in 2017 all of his domain names were transferred to Carl Fischer Music/Theodore Presser resulting in the articles becoming inaccessible. The site had many valuable articles by him and others which I felt should remain easily accessible.
I received permission from Matanya’s family to repost these articles under the original name Guitar and Lute Issues (G.A.L.I.) and have taken over the domain www.guitarandluteissues.com from Presser.
I used archives of the original site from 2002 and 2015, both from the family and from archive.org. I have no details on the addition or removal of articles over time other than what Matanya wrote on the site. I will add all articles from both archives in their entirety with his marked updates already in place. If any authors would like their articles removed please contact me. All email addresses and phone numbers have been removed to prevent spam to the authors.
There were about 15 articles which were links to other websites which I have not included.
This is the original disclaimer from Matanya:
This on-line magazine contains articles, Letters To the Editor, published and unpublished, and other documents that are relevant to our discipline. Updated on an irregular basis. We shall add or remove material from it as the need arises. You are free to print out and/or down load these documents and if you wish, even to distribute them to other individuals. Permission is hereby granted for this activity with two important provisions: the material remains the copyrighted property of the organization or individual author spelled out in the copyright notice, and whenever given to others, a clear credit line to this home page or to the home page of origin must be given. Magazines who wish to reproduce this material, on line or in print, may address themselves to us at [email address] or to the individual author directly. – Matanya Ophee
NOTE: “Editor” in articles represents Matanya Ophee, “DGA Editor” represents Robert Coldwell.
For additional online writings by Matanya Ophee see his Live Journal where he posted from 2004 through 2013.
On February 28, 2023 Soundboard Scholar reproduced 7 of Matanya’s Soundboard articles with a wonderful introduction by Stanley Yates.
- ELEAZAR FRANCISCO TORRES RODRIGUEZ
- Introducing John McCormick
- Regarding the 1998 Cuernavaca Classical Guitar Festival
- Cuernavaca 2000
- The Iserlohn Festival 2000
- Rafael Adame and the First Guitar Concerto of the Twentieth Century
- Silver and Wine
- Tackling Tecla 101
- The Yamashita Chronicles
- A Reply to George Clinton
- Toronto Revisited
- ON HEARING YAMASHITA
- The Russian Seven String Guitar: Celebration of an Anniversary.
- Who Did What, And With Which, and to Whom?
- The “Cinco Piezas” by Astor Piazzolla: how many versions?
- SONGS WITH GUITAR FROM THE AGE OF NAPOLEON
- On the dangers in publishing music that is in the public domain.
- Slavic Robin Hoods, or Hoodlums?
- The Story of Yob
- Some Considerations of 19th Century Guitar Music and Its Performance Today.
- The neglect of cross-cultural pollination in guitar history research
- Wherefore Leonardo Schultz?
- How did Madame Sidney Pratten Spell Her Own Professional Name?
- Repertoire Issues
- ON THE TEXTUAL AUTHORITY OF OLD EDITIONS
- My Own Editions Are The Best, Of Course, And You Are Ugly And Evil
- Un fondo desconocido de música para guitarra: ¿Los papeles de D. Antonio Chocano?
- Liner Notes Musicology, Part I.
- Preface to Mark Delpriora’s Sonata
- Killing the Message, part II
- Heinrich Albert and the First Guitar Quartet
- Frank Martin y la guitarra (v2.0)
- FRANÇOIS DE FOSSA, A French Guitarist in Mexico
- Form-integrating Elements in the Variation Cycles by Jan Nepomucen Bobrowicz
- First Lessons for Classic Guitar, by Richard Pick: Book I
- Two Nineteenth Century Volumes of Chamber Music with Guitar at the Seville (Spain) Conservatory.
- Some Observations On the State of the GFA competition.
- Dating the First Letter in the Segovia-Ponce Letters
- Brian Jeffery’s Fernando Sor Composer and Guitarist
- Auprès de ma blonde, or The Makarov Guitar
- Angel Iglesias
- An Unknown Version of a Well Known Phrase
- Music for the Guitar printed in Sweden 1800-1860
- Daniel Fryklund—a Devoted Collector of and Researcher on Musical Instruments and other Musicalia.
- Bidrag till gitarristiken Part II [Contributions to Guitar Studies Part II]
- Bidrag till gitarristiken Part I [Contributions to Guitar Studies Part I]
- A Tale of Two Festivals–II
- A Tale of Two Festivals–I
- A New ABC for Holding the Guitar: Aguado + Bassoonist strap = Comfort
- A Brief History of Spanish Guitar Methods.
- A Short History of the use of the left-hand thumb
- The History of Transcriptions of Lute Tablature —1679 to the Present
- The Lute Works of John Johnson (Tablature) edited by John M. Ward
- The Moscow Weiss Lute Manuscript: Inventory and Notes on the pieces Part III
- The Moscow Weiss Lute Manuscript: Inventory and Notes on the pieces, Part II
- The Moscow Weiss Lute Manuscript: Inventory and Notes on the pieces, Part I
- Cossack musicians with their Kobzas
- The Moscow Weiss Lute Manuscript (An experiment in hypertext musicology)
- The Moscow Weiss Lute Manuscript: Abbreviations, Sources And Bibliography
- What is this about Danby?
- Tim Crawford’s response
- Fantasia on A Theme
- Monuments of the Lutenist Art
- A private letter to Paul O’Dette made public.
- The Vagaries of the Looth Fairy, Liner Notes Musicology, Part II.
Articles with Music Files:
- Angel Iglesias
- Wittgenstein March Fantaisie by Marco Aurelio Zani de Ferranti
- Early Transcriptions of Isaac Albéniz’ Leyenda
- Leonhard Schulz: Recollections of Ireland Op. 41
- Giulio Regondi: Kathleen Mavourneen Fantasy
- Comments to: The Old Lime Tree (Lipa Vekovaia)
- Andrei Sychra: Variations on the Russian folk song: Of all the Flowers, I loved the Rose the Best.
- Пряха — The Spinster
- The method for the Russian seven-string guitar by Andrei Sychra
- A mini colloquium about inherent or perceived quality of guitar music. Part II
- A mini colloquium about inherent or perceived quality of guitar music.
- Fernando Sor’s Page