Lochamer Liederbuch: German Popular Songs from the 15th Century

Lochamer Liederbuch: German Popular Songs from the 15th Century

by Martin Hummel
     
 

The Lochamer Liederbuch (Locham Songbook) is from the Nuremberg area; the Locham name, just to confuse people who might be getting interested in the music, apparently stems from a notation made by one of the manuscript's early owners. Compiled around 1450, it's one of the first notated collections of German secular song, and it consists mostly of monophonicSee more details below

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The Lochamer Liederbuch (Locham Songbook) is from the Nuremberg area; the Locham name, just to confuse people who might be getting interested in the music, apparently stems from a notation made by one of the manuscript's early owners. Compiled around 1450, it's one of the first notated collections of German secular song, and it consists mostly of monophonic tunes. Most of the music is anonymous (diplomat Oswald von Wolkenstein is one of the few named composers), and in its melodic shapes it sounds like the French and Italian song of 50 years earlier, with frequent use of the medieval 7-6-8 cadence. There are some polyphonic pieces, however, and there's enough detail in the manuscript to suggest various kinds of polyphonic accompaniment. German Renaissance in general has been comparatively neglected by early music performers, and a performance like this one, which sets the modest goal of presenting a range of attractive possibilities for realizing the music, is especially welcome; the early German songbooks have too often suffered from readings by expressionless choirs or soloists. The good news begins with a baritone, Baroque specialist Martin Hummel, who approaches the music with warmth and gusto. He is backed by varying combinations of plucked and bowed stringed instruments, with possibilities ranging from pure observance of notated tones to fairly free improvisation, and there are some purely instrumental pieces. The bad news is that texts are available only on the Internet, but in general this is a successful introduction to both music and performance issues for a sorely neglected repertory.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/29/2008
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0747313280322
catalogNumber:
8557803
Rank:
328078

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  1. Wach auf mein hort der leucht dort her (Awake my treasure the dawn is here)  -  Anonymous, Lochamer Liederbuch  - Martin Hummel  - Quentin Massys  - Marc Lewon  -  Ensemble Dulce Melos
  2. Der winter will hin weichen (The winter will have to yield)  -  Anonymous, Lochamer Liederbuch  - Martin Hummel  - Quentin Massys  - Marc Lewon  -  Ensemble Dulce Melos
  3. Czart lip wie suß dein anfanck ist (Tender love how sweet is your beginning)  -  Anonymous, Lochamer Liederbuch
  4. Verlangen tut mich krencken (Longing sickens me)  -  Anonymous, Lochamer Liederbuch  - Martin Hummel  - Quentin Massys  - Marc Lewon  -  Ensemble Dulce Melos
  5. Mein hercz in hohen frewden ist (My heart rejoices greatly)  -  Anonymous, Lochamer Liederbuch
  6. Möcht ich dein wegeren (Would I desire you)  -  Anonymous, Lochamer Liederbuch
  7. Work(s): Do mit ein gut Jare / Der Summer (With a good year  -  Anonymous, Lochamer Liederbuch  - Quentin Massys  - Marc Lewon  -  Ensemble Dulce Melos
  8. Ach meiden du vil sende pein (Alas separation, torment so full of yearning)  -  Anonymous, Lochamer Liederbuch  - Martin Hummel  - Quentin Massys  - Marc Lewon  -  Ensemble Dulce Melos
  9. Mit ganczem willen wünsch ich dir (With all my heart I wish you)  -  Anonymous, Lochamer Liederbuch
  10. Mein trawt geselle vnd mein liebster hort (My trusted friend and my dearest treasure)  -  Anonymous, Lochamer Liederbuch
  11. Anauois  -  Anonymous, Lochamer Liederbuch
  12. Paumgartner  -  Anonymous, Lochamer Liederbuch
  13. Mein frewd möcht sich wohl meren (My joy could become greater)  -  Anonymous, Lochamer Liederbuch  - Martin Hummel  - Quentin Massys  - Marc Lewon  -  Ensemble Dulce Melos
  14. All mein gedencken dy ich hab (All the thoughts I have)  -  Anonymous, Lochamer Liederbuch  - Martin Hummel  - Quentin Massys  - Marc Lewon  -  Ensemble Dulce Melos
  15. Ich sach ein pild In plaber wat (I saw a figure dressed in blue)  -  Anonymous, Lochamer Liederbuch
  16. Ich spring an disem ringe (I dance in this roundel)  -  Anonymous, Lochamer Liederbuch
  17. Es fur ein pawr gen holz (A peasant went to cut wood)  -  Anonymous, Lochamer Liederbuch
  18. Mir ist mein pfërd vernagellt gar (My horse has been shoed poorly)  -  Anonymous, Lochamer Liederbuch
  19. Ein vrouleen edel von naturen (A girl noble in nature)  -  Anonymous, Lochamer Liederbuch
  20. Wilhelmus Legrant  -  Anonymous, Lochamer Liederbuch
  21. Ellend dw hast (Sadness you have)  -  Anonymous, Lochamer Liederbuch
  22. Der Wallt hat sich entlaubet (The trees are now bare)  -  Anonymous, Lochamer Liederbuch  - Martin Hummel  - Quentin Massys  - Marc Lewon  -  Ensemble Dulce Melos
  23. Ellend dw hast (Sadness you have)  -  Anonymous, Lochamer Liederbuch
  24. Des klaffers neyden (The slanderer's envy)  -  Anonymous, Lochamer Liederbuch
  25. Benedicite almechtiger got (Blessing, Almighty God)  -  Anonymous, Lochamer Liederbuch
  26. Ich bin pey Ir (I am with her)  -  Anonymous, Lochamer Liederbuch

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