Polish organ tablatures

Polish organ tablatures

Polish organ tablatures include some of the earliest and most important sources of instrumental music in Europe. Particularly well-known is the Jan z Lublina tablature, which dates from mid-16th century and contains some 250 pieces. Most Polish organ tablatures use the German form of notation. The genres vary from all kinds of liturgical music to dances and vocal intabulations. This article presents a partial list of Polish organ tablatures, in chronological order.


* Augustinians' tablature from Żagań (Sagan) (ca. 1425)


* Tablature by Jan z Lublina (1537–48)
* Cracow tablature ("Nicolaus Cracoviensis") (1548)
* Łowicz tablature (also known as Martin Leopolita tablature) (ca. 1580)
* Gdańsk tablature (1591)
* Toruń tablature (by Johannes Fischer of Morąg) (1591–1604)
* Samogitian tablature from Kroże (also known as Adam of Wągrowiec tablature) (ca. 1618)
* Oliwa tablature, the 1st (1619), another name is the Braunsberg (Braniewo) tablature


* Pelplin tablature (1620–80)
* Vilnius tablature (also known as Sapieha album) (ca. 1626)
* Ostromeczew tablature (also known as Polotsk notebook, or Polotsk tablature, or "silva rerum") (ca. 1640)
* Warsaw tablature (ca. 1680)

References and further reading


* Willi Apel. "The History of Keyboard Music to 1700", pp. 100–105, 217–218, 241–242. Translated by Hans Tischler. Indiana University Press, 1972. ISBN 0-253-21141-7. Originally published as "Geschichte der Orgel- und Klaviermusik bis 1700" by Bärenreiter-Verlag, Kassel.
* John R. White. "The Tablature of Johannes of Lublin", MD, xvii (1963), pp. 137–62.
* W. M. Inski. "The Cracow Tablature "(diss., Indiana University, 1964)


* Barbara Brzezińska. "Repertuar polskich tabulatur organowych z pierwszej polowy XVI wieku" (Kraków, 1987).
* Jerzy Gołos. "Polskie organy i muzyka organowa". Instytut Wydawniczy PAX, 1972.
* Katarzyna Morawska. "Historia muzyki polskiej: Średniowiecze", Sutkowski Edition Warsaw, 1998. ISBN 83-900790-7-0
* Katarzyna Morawska. "Historia muzyki polskiej: Renesans", Sutkowski Edition Warsaw, 1998. ISBN 83-900790-2-X
* "Album Sapieżyńskie. Sub Sole Sarmatiae, Volume 9: Wileńska tabulatura organowa z XVII wieku obrazami żywota św. Franciszka zdobiona" (edited by P. Poźniak). Musica Iagellonica, Kraków, 2004. ISBN 83-7099-133-5

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