August Kühnel, 14 Pieces for two viols in tablature and mensural notation
Many older compositions for viola da gamba are notated in tablature, and not in the mensural notation generally employed today. For this reason, viol players will find it worth their while to occupy themselves with this form of notation. In the present volume, we reproduce in facsimile the tablature of fifteen easy pieces for two viols. Parallel to this, you will find the same pieces in modern mensural notation. The pieces have come down to us in a anonymous collection in the Kassel library, however they show an extraordinarily large correspondence with pieces in August Kühnels Sonate ô Partite ad una ô due Viole da Gamba con il Basso Continuo. Also contained is the transcription for tenor viols. In the introduction we explain the used tablature and compare its characteristics with that of mensural notation.
Editor: Günter and Leonore von Zadow.