Johannes de Lublin Tablature: Keyboard Music from Renaissance Poland

Composer Johannes de Lublin
Artist Corina Marti renaissance harpsichord
Format 1 CD
Cat. number 95556
EAN code 5028421955568
Release August 2018

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The 'tablature of Jan of Lublin', as this significant collection is commonly known, belonged to the monastery of Canons Regular in the Polish city of Krasìnik near Lublin, and was bound in 1540. The owner and primary scribe was this Jan, or Johannes, of whom very little is known or can be surmised, but the contents of his book are a treasure trove of compositions and musical instruction illustrating what keyboardists of the region in the 16th century would have learned and played, including counterpoint, composition, organ-tuning, liturgical music and — perhaps richest of all — intabulations (arrangements) for keyboard of polyphonic vocal music from across Europe and original compositions for keyboard including 'preambula' (improvisatory preludes) and dances under the generic title 'corea' or with more specific names, several of them Polish. These latter Polish dances give the very international Jan of Lublin collection strong ties to its Polish origins, shedding light on the local musical tradition and its vigorous artistic interaction with Greater Europe.

Internationally acclaimed harpsichord and recorder virtuoso Corina Marti has grouped selections from the Tablature into a recital programme in five sections, reflecting both the great variety and juxtaposition of various types of music in the volume, and the richness offered by this place and moment in music history. Marti's ongoing research into aspects of the repertoire and the reconstruction of late-medieval and early-renaissance keyboard instruments and recorders has contributed substantially to the present-day revival of these instruments.

The 1540 manuscript “Tablature of Jan de Lublin” is the largest collection of keyboard music of 16 century Europe. Its 260 paper folios contains more than 230 compositions, two theoretical treatises and over 250 music examples with a didactic purpose. It is notated in the “older” German organ tablature notation, a combination of music notes and letters.
The richness of the repertory is impressive, both in terms of musical genres and composers represented as well as the instrumental techniques employed. We find works of Polish, German, Italian and French origin, varying from Polish folk dances to tablatures of vocal works by Josquin, Brumel, de Sermisy, Walter and others. Corina Marti, plays an historical Renaissance harpsichord. She is a specialist in Early Music and a professor at the prestigious Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Basel.
This unique recording was made possible with the support of the Adam Mickiewicz Institute in Poland.


Track list

Disk 1

  1. Johannes de Lublin: Preambulum in G Major
  2. Johannes de Lublin: Surrexit dominus valete luctus
  3. Johannes de Lublin: Passamezzo antico/Proporcia Jeszcze Marczynye
  4. Johannes de Lublin: Deus qui sedes super thronum
  5. Johannes de Lublin: Zaklolam szÿa tharnem
  6. Johannes de Lublin: Preambulum in E Major
  7. Antonio de Ribera: Absolon
  8. Johannes de Lublin: Corea
  9. Johannes de Lublin: Poznanie
  10. Claudin de Sermisy: Francigenum
  11. Jacotin Le Bel: D’ung desplaisir
  12. Johannes de Lublin: Corea
  13. Johannes de Lublin: Corea
  14. Johannes de Lublin: Preambulum in A Major per h
  15. Jhan Gero: Date siceram merentibusnir
  16. Johannes de Lublin: Preambulum super d
  17. Johannes de Lublin: Bona
  18. Claudin de Sermisy: Vescholla
  19. Johannes de Lublin: Ad novem saltus
  20. Johannes de Lublin: Haÿduczkÿ
  21. Ludwig Senfl: Vita in lingo moritur
  22. Johannes de Lublin: Pressa
  23. Johannes de Lublin: Preambulum in D Major
  24. Johannes de Lublin: Schephczyk ÿdzÿe po ulÿczÿ schÿdelka noschacz
  25. Johannes de Lublin: Corea
  26. Johannes de Lublin: Preambulum super F Major
  27. Nicolaus Cracoviensis: Ave jerarchia
  28. Severinus Konij: Colenda severini
  29. Johannes de Lublin: Anglicum
  30. Johannes de Lublin: Preambulum in D Major
  31. Pierre Sandrin: Dulce memorie
  32. Josquin Des Préz: Plus mille regres
  33. Johannes de Lublin: Aliud preambulum
  34. Johannes de Lublin: Rex
  35. Josquin Des Préz: Tribulatio et angustia
  36. Johannes de Lublin: Corea italica
  37. Johannes de Lublin: Conradus
  38. Johannes de Lublin: Preambulum in C Major
  39. Antoine Brumel: Sicut lilium inter spinas