Buxheimer Orgelbuch

Das Buxheimer Orgelbuch, Volume 1
Fifteenth Century Organ Transcriptions
Joseph Payne
Naxos 8.553466


  1. Praeambulum super D (No. 232)
  2. Christ ist erstanden (No. 45)
  3. Christus resurrexit (No. 46)
  4. Boumgartner (No. 110)
  5. Der Sumer (No. 23)
  6. Fortune (No. 124)
  7. Min hertz das hat sich ser gefröwet (No. 25)
  8. Benedicite (No. 68)
  9. Vierhundert Jar uff diser Erde (No. 199)
  10. John Dunstable: O rosa bella (No. 104)
  11. Allasamire (No. 104a)
  12. Dunstable: Puisque mammor (No. 61)
  13. O Intemerata virginitas (No. 225)
  14. Conrad Paumann: Ich beger nit mer (No. 99)
  15. Allegalea (No. 185)
  16. Ma doulce amour (No. 79)
  17. Die süss nachtigall (No. 108)
  18. Salve Regina (No. 72)
  19. Ad te clamamus (No. 72a)
  20. Eia ergo (No. 72b)
  21. O clemens (No. 72c)
  22. O dulcis Maria (No. 72d)
  23. O gloriosa domina (No. 201)
  24. Seyd ich dich hertzlieb (No. 249)
  25. Magnificat octavi toni (No. 77)
  26. Pange lingua gloriosi (No. 163)
  27. Kyrie eleison Angelicum (No. 153-155)
  28. Sanctus Angelicum (No. 156)
  29. Jacobus Viletti: Ein buer gein holtze (No. 115)
  30. Mit gantzem willem (No. 214)
  31. Maria tu solacium (No. 74)
  32. Pulcherrima de Virgine (No. 228)
  33. Con lacrime (No. 139)
  34. Dunstable: Sub tuam protectionem (No. 158)
  35. Johann Götz: Vil lieber Zit (No. 52)
  36. Gloria de Sancta Maria Vergine (No. 151)
  37. Amen (No. 71)

Instrument: Organ at the Berner Münster, O. Metzler & Söhne, Dietikon (1982) after 11th-16th century sources

Playing time: 74'

Recording date: April 1995

The Buxheim Organ Book is easily one of the most famous sources of early organ music. Written out between 1450 & 1470 by at least eight different scribes, it presents a gigantic catalog (more than 250 pieces) of all the organ forms current at the time. This includes largely transcriptions, as well as plainchant fantasies, preludes and teaching examples. The manuscript was preserved in a small Bavarian town, and was apparently written in Munich.

Many of the most famous composers of the era are represented by transcriptions of their songs or motets (often without the composer's name given). In addition, several more obscure composers are named; it is unknown whether they wrote pieces which were subsequently transcribed or if they were writing original organ music. The bulk of the collection is anonymous. Additional evidence suggests that it was the blind German organist Conrad Paumann (c.1410-1473) who may have been the driving force behind the compilation of the manuscript.

The present volume consists largely of motet intabulations and cantus firmus pieces. The next recordings in the series:

Das Buxheimer Orgelbuch, Volume 2
Chanson and basse danse intabulations
Joseph Payne
Naxos 8.553467
Das Buxheimer Orgelbuch, Volume 3
Praeambula / Organ Transcriptions / Paumann: Incipit Fundamentum
Joseph Payne
Naxos 8.553468
Vox Organalis
Gothic keyboard works
Joseph Payne
Koch "Dicover" International" 920 593

A few other recordings dedicated to this source:

Gotische Orgelkunst
Roland Götz
FSM "Studio XVI" 96516
Von edler Art
Selections from the Buxheim Orgelbuch & Locheimer Liederbuch
Corina Marti / Michael Gondko
Ramée 0802
Meyster ob allen Meystern
Conrad Paumann and the 15th century German keyboard school
Tasto Solo - Guillermo Pérez
Passacaille 950
Buxheimer Orgelbuch (c.1460)
Joseph Kelemen
Oehms Classics 645
Keyboard Banquet: Buxheim Organ Book
Works by Anon., Paumann, Dunstable, Bedyngham, Morton, Putenheim
David Kinsela
Organ.o 206
Buxheimer Orgelbuch
Ton Koopman
Astrée 7743

And a related item:

Fundamentum: The Birth of Keyboard Repertoire
Works by Anon., De Vitry, Ileborgh, Paumann
David Kinsela
Organ.o ORO 202

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