Tabulaturhandschrift aus der 2. Hälfte des 16. Jahrhunderts (Tänze etc.) | © BSB/ 262

Amy souffrez. Renaissance music from manuscripts of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek

Mysterious symbols in manuscripts of the 16th century: The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek holds a precious collection of tablatures of Renaissance music of all genres. The collection includes notations of motets and masses, but also chansons, madrigals, German songs, numerous dances, among them the most popular highlights of the epoch.

In a project of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, realized with the support of the German Research Foundation, the handwritten tablatures and part books up to the middle of the 17th century could be catalogued online and digitized.

The digital collection offered by the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek thus now comprises the complete holdings of source works with music for several voices up to the end of Renaissance. After the digitization of the early music prints and of the choir books, now the last gap remaining with regard to this time period could be closed by digitizing the tablature manuscripts and part book manuscripts.

In the film portrait, the singer and lute player Joel Frederiksen sets out on a journey of discovery of the Reading Room for Music/Maps/Images in search of the famous chanson "Amy souffrez" by Jean Mouton.

The film was shot in the course of the preparations for the workshop concert "To sing many a tune or the play the organ and the lute".
Amy souffrez – Renaissance music from manuscripts of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek