TitelseiteAugust Kühnel (1645-~1700)
Fourteen pieces for two viols in tablature and mensural notation

for tenor and bass viols
Series: For the lesson

Preface Reviews [in German version] Sample page CDs [in German version] 2nd sample page Errata / Addenda Deutsche Version

Editor: Günter and Leonore von Zadow, publication date: 2013-09, source: D-Kl Israël 28

Order information

G246August Kühnel, 14 Pieces for two viols in tablature and mensural notation, with facsimile, 2VdG-B/2VdG-A, score with introduction, score for tenor viols, 42 p., ISMN 979-0-50174-246-218.50 €


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 Kühnel’s “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.

Errata / Addenda

[27.11.2013] G246A page 10
G246A, page 10, last bar of the Allemande: The upper part is notated erroneously in bass clef, but the clef sign is missing.