A Treatise on Musical Instruments (1511) by Sebastian Virdung
By (author) Sebastian Virdung
Edited and translated by Beth Bullard
Series edited by John Butt
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Musica Getutscht by Sebastian Virdung
Book DescriptionMusica 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.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521308304
(247mm x 174mm x 21mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 30-Jul-1993
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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This early German 'do-it-yourself' manual tells us about music-making in the years just before the Reformation.
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