Neuseidler, Melchior


Lutenist. Dates of birth and death are not positively known. He is thought to have been the son of Hans Neuseidler; born in Augsburg, where he lived much of his life. He lived at some time in Italy, where he published two books of pieces for the lute in Italian tablature. In Augsburg he was with the family of Anton Fugger and probably held some city position as musician for small festivities. In 1574 he published a book of secular songs and motets written by composers of his time; this he called Teutsch Lautenbuch. The date of his death is usually given as 1590.