2015-03-18

18Mar15: Posted edition of Ochsenkuhn Tablaturbuch auff di Lauten (1558) in German and French tab. Arne Harderdid most of the heavy lifting, having carefully and painstakingly encoded the entirety of the 200+ pages in German tab. I have double-checked it against the original facsimile and also cleaned up the facsimile a bit more for easier readability. All the pieces are very high quality stuff, and there are almost no errors in the original. All the pieces are polyphonic vocal intabulations, including several secular works Ochsenkuhn was unique in using the capability of German tab to separate the parts of his pieces by putting each part on a separate line. If 2 or more parts play the same note at the same time, Ochsenkuhn duplicates the note on all the lines that are playing it at that moment. This makes this book valuable in showing how parts in tab are separated, and would, in theory, make it possible to reconstruct the mensural polyphonic model of each piece. It certainly also serves as a useful guide to playing the pieces. If you want to see the German tab, you can find it here, or you can check out the facsimile.04Mar15: I know it’s a bit late, but I posted lute song versions of “Chestnuts roasting on an open fire” and “Have yourself a merry little Christmas”, a couple of my faves. These were for a Christmas gig.

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