Conrad Gerle

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An early maker of lutes, b. at Nuremberg; was living there in 1461 and died there 1521; was buried in the Church of St. Roch. He was celebrated both as a lute player and lute maker, his lutes, called " Lutz d'Alemaigne," were well known in the 15th century. The Allgevieine Musikalische Zeitung (Leipzig) published the old notice of his death: "An St. Barbara Abend starb der erbar Conrad Gerle. Lautenmacher. Dem Gott gnaedig sey. Amen."

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