Early Modern Period#
Hans Judenkünig: Hoff dantz#
Hans Judenkuenig (ca 1445/1450 Schwaebisch Gmuend/Germany - 1526
Vienna) settled in Vienna around 1515 as a Lutenist and perhaps also
Lutemaker. His Schone kunstliche underweisung ' is one of the
earliest printed Lutebooks (Vienna: Singrenius 1523) and at the same
time is organized as a kind of text-book on playing the lute. It is
written in the so-called German lute tabulature, i.e. a kind of
shorthand notation showing the fingering of the notes using letters.
The rhythmic relations are shown by means of their own symbols placed
above the columns. Judenkuenig not only treats the fingering of the
left hand on all of the frets but also considers questions of tuning,
rhythmic relations, modes and the original voices of the vocal models.
In his Preludes (Praeambeln) at the beginning of his lute school, he
demonstrates how to play in the five different registers which is
paramount to developing an individual style of playing the lute. The
illustration shows a lute player. (E. Stadler)
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