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Buxheim Organ Book

The Buxheim Organ Book (German: Buxheimer Orgelbuch) is a manuscript created around 1460/1470 with 256 original
compositions and arrangements for keyboard instruments for the Buxheim Charterhouse in Germany, in today's district of
Unterallgäu. Most of the composers are anonymous, but some are also known composers of the time (e.g. John Dunstable, Guillaume
Du Fay, Gilles Binchois, Walter Frye, Conrad Paumann).[1]

Contents
Structure
Discography
References
Further reading
External links
Literature

Structure
In addition to arrangements of secular chansons, dances and songs, it contains about
fifty pieces of liturgical character and about thirty preludes, in which rhapsodic-
figurative and purely chordal parts alternate. The pieces are mostly two- and three-
part, but several are four-part.

The research is still at odds with the origins of the Buxheim Organ Book. There are
no records of its use, so it can therefore be regarded as a transcript for teaching (or
illustration) purposes. Presumably it came from a writer from the southern German
area and was in the possession of the Buxheim Charterhouse near Memmingen from
16th century and until 1883, when it was offered for sale and has been owned by the
Bavarian State Library in Munich since then. The manuscript is often attributed to
Conrad Paumann,[2][3] because his "Fundamentum organisandi" is included in its
entirety. This would mean that the manuscript originates from Munich, since from
1450 until his death in 1473, Paumann worked as a Bavarian court organist in
Munich. Paumann's "Fundamentum organisandi" is also included in the Lochamer-
Liederbuch, compiled around the same time.

The tabular inscription of the Buxheim Organ Book consists of a seven-line system
and letters, the so-called "older" Germanorgan tablature. A page from the Buxheim Organ
Book as preserved in Bavarian State
Library, Munich
Discography
Buxheimer Orgelbuch vol. 1, Joseph Payne, Berner Münster (1995,Naxos 8.553 466)
Buxheimer Orgelbuch vol. 2, Joseph Payne, Emmaus-Kapelle, Hatzfeld (1995,Naxos 8.553 467)
Buxheimer Orgelbuch vol. 3, Joseph Payne, Southern College of 7th-Day Adventists, ennessee
T (1995, Naxos
8.553 468)
Das Buxheimer Orgelbuch, Joseph Kelemen, Hofkirche Innsbruck SACD,
( 2010, OehmsCalssics OC645)
References
1. "Buxheimer Orgelbuch"(http://www.medieval.org/emfaq/cds/nxs53466.htm). www.medieval.org. Retrieved
2017-04-13.
2. "BUXHEIMER ORGELBUCH (DAS), Vol. 1" (http://www.naxos.com/mainsite/blurbs_reviews.asp?item_code=8.5534
66&catNum=553466&filetype=About%20this%20Recording&language=English#) . www.naxos.com. Retrieved
2017-04-13.
3. "Paumann, Conrad 1410-1473"(http://worldcat.org/identities/lccn-nr89013017/)
. worldcat.org. Retrieved 2017-04-13.

Further reading
Codex Faenza

External links
Digital version of Das Buxheimer Orgelbuch, Handschrift mus. 3725 inBavarian State Library, Munich, hg. v. Bertha
Antonia Wallner, Kassel u. Basel 1955
Buxheimer Orgelbuch: in International Music Score Library Project

Literature
Lord R.S. The Buxheim Organ Book: a study in the history of organ music in Southern Germany during the fifteenth
century. Diss., Yale University, 1960.
Southern E. The Buxheim Organ Book. New York, 1963.
Zöbeley H.R. Die Musik des Buxheimer Orgelbuchs. Spielvorgang, Niederschrift, Herkunft, Faktur // Münchner
Veröffentlichungen zur Musikgeschichte, 10. Tutzing: H. Schneider, 1964.

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