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Series; Cambridge Musical Texts and Monographs. Physical description; 275 pages. Contents; Preface; List of abbreviations; Part I. Translator's Introduction; 1. Why study Musica getutscht?; 2. A biography of Sebastian Virdung; 3. The publication history of Musica getutscht; 4. The offspring of Musica getutscht; Part II. Musica Getutscht: 5. A note on the translation; 6. Sebastian Virdung's Musica getutscht; Appendix. Transcriptions of documents pertaining to Sebastian Virdung and Musica getutscht; Notes; Bibliography; Index. Summary; Musica getutscht (Basel, 1511) is the earliest printed treatise on musical instruments in the West. Written by a priest and chapel singer named Sebastian Virdung, it provided rudimentary instruction on playing three instruments: the clavichord, the lute and the recorder. This early 'do-it-yourself' manual of instruction not only tells us about music-making in that era, it also illumines other aspects of society in the years just before the Reformation. Its author communicates in a popular style, choosing a mixture of media: a written text in the guise of an informal conversation, coupled with woodcut illustrations and visual aids. Enthusiasts of early music and its performance as well as historians of art, society and the German language will welcome Beth Bullard's substantial introduction and annotations, which help explain the text of this important work and its place in intellectual history. Subjects; Musical instruments - Europe - Early works to 1800. Tablature (Music) - Early works to 1800. Musical instruments & instrumental ensembles. Music / Musical Instruments / General.