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Musica Getutscht
A Treatise on Musical Instruments (1511) by Sebastian Virdung

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  • Date Published: April 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521032773

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  • Musica getutscht (Basel, 1511) is the earliest printed treatise on musical instruments in the West. Written by a priest and chapel singer named Sebastian Virdung, it provided rudimentary instruction on playing three instruments: the clavichord, the lute and the recorder. This early 'do-it-yourself' manual of instruction not only tells us about music-making in that era, it also illumines other aspects of society in the years just before the Reformation. Its author communicates in a popular style, choosing a mixture of media: a written text in the guise of an informal conversation, coupled with woodcut illustrations and visual aids. Enthusiasts of early music and its performance as well as historians of art, society and the German language will welcome Beth Bullard's substantial introduction and annotations, which help explain the text of this important work and its place in intellectual history.

    • This was the first English edition of the earliest book to be written on musical instruments and how to play them
    • Written in 1511 in a popular and appealing style in the form of a conversation
    • Richly illustrated with original woodcuts and diagrams
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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521032773
    • length: 292 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 150 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.454kg
    • contains: 80 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of abbreviations
    Part I. Translator's Introduction
    1. Why study Musica getutscht?
    2. A biography of Sebastian Virdung
    3. The publication history of Musica getutscht
    4. The offspring of Musica getutscht
    Part II. Musica Getutscht:
    5. A note on the translation
    6. Sebastian Virdung's Musica getutscht
    Appendix. Transcriptions of documents pertaining to Sebastian Virdung and Musica getutscht

  • Author

    Sebastian Virdung

    Editor and Translator

    Beth Bullard

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