Nicolas Hotman was born in Brussels but became a naturalised Frenchman and settled in Paris, where he was highly thought of as «an equally gifted player of both lute and viol». Dietrich Stöeffken has been variously assumed to be of Danish, German or Dutch origin; nothing is known of him before 1622 when he was working at the Danish court. Both composers feature prominently in the substantial collection of tablature manuscripts in the library of the Goëss family of Schloss Ebenthal near Klagenfurt in Carinthia, Austria. Five, with music for viol, lute and theorbo, date from the late 17th century, the remainder date from the early 18th century and contain solo and ensemble music for baroque lute. Together they document music lessons and family music making over at least three generations.