The 'Musica Instrumentalis Deudsch' of Martin Agricola: A Treatise on Musical Instruments, 1529 and 1545
Martin Agricola (1486-1556) was an important early Lutheran musician and teacher from Saxony and his treatises were intended as textbooks in musical performance. Highly illustrated, they give practical instruction on a number of musical instruments, showing methods of fingering, tuning and notation. As such they are valuable sources of information about the study and performance of music in Germany in the early sixteenth century. The first Musica instrumentalis deudsch, written mostly in rhymed German verse and containing woodcut diagrams and depictions of musical instruments, appeared in 1529. It was modelled on the Musica getutscht (Basel 1511) of Sebastian Virdung, copying many of the woodcuts found in the earlier work and redefining its classification of musical instruments. A revised and almost completely rewritten edition of Agricola's treatise was published in 1545.
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INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC IN GERMAN 1529 fols 5153 51
The third type of fiddles 3 The lute and monochord
Transcription of the musical example in both
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Composite transcription of the fingering charts
The harp psaltery xylophone and dulcimer
Recto of the foldout showing a musical example
Table of intervals derived from the instructions
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