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2nd International Medieval & Renaissance Organ Course

April 13, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - April 15, 2018 @ 7:00 pm

15th Century Keyboard Repertory: Buxheimer Orgelbuch

The International Course on Medieval and Renaissance Organ is an immersion into the discovery of keyboard repertory and playing techniques before 1600 on reconstructions of medieval, late medieval and renaissance organs.


In 2018 the focus of the course will be the Buxheimer Orgelbuch – one of the most relevant 15th century keyboard tablatures.

  • Reading, transcribing, interpreting, and performing.
  • Discussions on ornamentation, counterpoint, tuning, improvisation, etc.
  • Creation of intabulations after C. Paumann’s “Fundamentum organisandi” rules.
  • Familiarize with the styles of the Buxheimer Orgelbuch and late medieval intabulations.


The knowledge of this notational system will make easier the reading of most of late medieval intabulation manuscripts. It will as well enhance the autonomy when making transcriptions and raise awareness from published editions which sometimes show divergent interpretations of the same manuscript.

Participants will be able to identify structures and elements of intabulations and will acquire skills to create an intabulation by themselves taking a late medieval song as a model.


About early keyboard tablatures

Keyboard tablatures are a notational system that allows polyphonic music to be written in a way that the performer can read and perform all voices at once. This contrast with manuscripts were the different parts are written separately one after the other. Intabulations are intended to be played by polyphonic instruments (keyboards, plucked instruments). The earliest intabulations date from the 14th century and the genre flourish in the 15th century with manuscripts that became recollections of pieces of different function and origin. Some examples are: Buxheimer Orgelbuch, Codex Faenza, Robertsbridge Codex.  


The Buxheimer Orgelbuch (ca. 1470)  is one of the largest manuscripts with intabulations. It includes sacred and secular repertoires, as well as dances, some anonymous and others by renowned composers from different parts of Western Europe. It also includes Preambula, Redenuntes, and Conrad Paumann’s “Fundamentum organisandi”, a series of examples about how to create diminutions on the tenor following rules of counterpoint.


The unique collection ORGANA (a collection of different portatives and positives from different periods of medieval ages and renaissance) will be available to the participants. It was built by Walter Chinaglia, a passionate historical organ maker. Any organ player should take advantage of getting to know those instruments when playing medieval intabulations. The use of the instruments is included in the price of the course. Students may bring their own instruments as well.


Course in English and Italian

Cost: 170€


More info: info@cristinaraurich.cat


Limited number of places.

Possibility of lodging (shared rooms).


Friday 13th: 17:00-19:30

Saturday 14th: 9:30-13:00 / 15:30-19:30

Sunday 15th: 9:30-13:00 / 15:30-19:00



April 13, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
April 15, 2018 @ 7:00 pm


Sala música – ORGANA
Via Marconi 15, Bregnano, Como 22070 Italy
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