Das Lochamer Liederbuch: German Popular Songs from the 15th Century

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All Music Guide - James Manheim
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
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: 1/29/2008
  • Label: Naxos
  • UPC: 747313280322
  • Catalog Number: 8557803
  • Sales rank: 158,344

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Wach auf mein hort der leucht dort her (Awake my treasure the dawn is here) - Anonymous, Lochamer Liederbuch & Martin Hummel (3:47)
  2. 2 Der winter will hin weichen (The winter will have to yield) - Anonymous, Lochamer Liederbuch & Martin Hummel (1:58)
  3. 3 Czart lip wie suß dein anfanck ist (Tender love how sweet is your beginning) - Anonymous, Lochamer Liederbuch (1:02)
  4. 4 Verlangen tut mich krencken (Longing sickens me) - Anonymous, Lochamer Liederbuch & Martin Hummel (2:50)
  5. 5 Mein hercz in hohen frewden ist (My heart rejoices greatly) - Anonymous, Lochamer Liederbuch (2:19)
  6. 6 Möcht ich dein wegeren (Would I desire you) - Anonymous, Lochamer Liederbuch (2:50)
  7. 7 Work(s): Do mit ein gut Jare / Der Summer (With a good year - Anonymous, Lochamer Liederbuch & Quentin Massys (2:14)
  8. 8 Ach meiden du vil sende pein (Alas separation, torment so full of yearning) - Anonymous, Lochamer Liederbuch & Martin Hummel (4:29)
  9. 9 Mit ganczem willen wünsch ich dir (With all my heart I wish you) - Anonymous, Lochamer Liederbuch (3:03)
  10. 10 Mein trawt geselle vnd mein liebster hort (My trusted friend and my dearest treasure) - Anonymous, Lochamer Liederbuch (1:41)
  11. 11 Anauois - Anonymous, Lochamer Liederbuch (1:50)
  12. 12 Paumgartner - Anonymous, Lochamer Liederbuch (6:00)
  13. 13 Mein frewd möcht sich wohl meren (My joy could become greater) - Anonymous, Lochamer Liederbuch & Martin Hummel (2:37)
  14. 14 All mein gedencken dy ich hab (All the thoughts I have) - Anonymous, Lochamer Liederbuch & Martin Hummel (2:54)
  15. 15 Ich sach ein pild In plaber wat (I saw a figure dressed in blue) - Anonymous, Lochamer Liederbuch (1:36)
  16. 16 Ich spring an disem ringe (I dance in this roundel) - Anonymous, Lochamer Liederbuch (2:42)
  17. 17 Es fur ein pawr gen holz (A peasant went to cut wood) - Anonymous, Lochamer Liederbuch (1:37)
  18. 18 Mir ist mein pfërd vernagellt gar (My horse has been shoed poorly) - Anonymous, Lochamer Liederbuch (2:07)
  19. 19 Ein vrouleen edel von naturen (A girl noble in nature) - Anonymous, Lochamer Liederbuch (3:01)
  20. 20 Wilhelmus Legrant - Anonymous, Lochamer Liederbuch (2:06)
  21. 21 Ellend dw hast (Sadness you have) - Anonymous, Lochamer Liederbuch (2:46)
  22. 22 Der Wallt hat sich entlaubet (The trees are now bare) - Anonymous, Lochamer Liederbuch & Martin Hummel (3:44)
  23. 23 Ellend dw hast (Sadness you have) - Anonymous, Lochamer Liederbuch (1:43)
  24. 24 Des klaffers neyden (The slanderer's envy) - Anonymous, Lochamer Liederbuch (4:01)
  25. 25 Benedicite almechtiger got (Blessing, Almighty God) - Anonymous, Lochamer Liederbuch (2:49)
  26. 26 Ich bin pey Ir (I am with her) - Anonymous, Lochamer Liederbuch (3:16)
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Martin Hummel Primary Artist
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