Lot 87: MID SIXTEENTH-CENTURY MANUSCRIPT OF GERMAN LUTE TABLATURE, COMPRISING 35 PIECES, MANY UNRECORDED, C.1535-1565

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Description: the composers not named, but containing some intabulations after Ludwig Senfl, Hans Neusidler, Thomas Stolzer and Paul Hofhaimer, including the songs ‘Es wolt ain Maidlein wasser hollen’ (by Senfl), ‘Ich Clag den Tag’ (by Stolzer) and ‘Mein ainigs A’ (by Hofhaimer); popular tunes ‘Cara Cossa’, ‘Wo soll ich mich hin kheren’ and ‘Es Ritt ain armes Reiiterle auß’ (by Neusidler); the chorale tunes ‘Erstanden ist der heillig christ’ and ‘Aus tieffer not schrey Ich zu dier Herr gott’ (by Luther);  dances such as ‘Bentzenauer Tanz’, ‘La francescina’ and others, including a few three or five pages each (‘Feldt geschray’, ‘Pass ē mezo’ and ‘La traditora’), all containing differences from any other recorded copies of these pieces, notated in German lute tablature on three systems per page, the pitches indicated by letters and numbers, the rhythms written above, without time signatures

55 pages, oblong 8vo (c.11 x 16cm), Italian paper (anchor watermark [Briquet 523]), sewn in one gathering, eighteenth-century flyleaves, later vellum covers, possibly Swiss (or Austrian) provenance, second third of the sixteenth century, damp-staining to top outer corners, the paper generally sound, slight loss to title on f.8, lacking at end (final work is incomplete)

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