Ludwig Senfl (c.1490-1543): A Catalogue Raisonne of the Works and Sources. Volume 1: Catalogue of the Works. Volume 2: Catalogue of the Sources--Abbreviations, Bibliography, Indexes.

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Author: Joseph Sargent
Date: April-June 2021
From: Fontes Artis Musicae(Vol. 68, Issue 2)
Publisher: International Association of Music Libraries, Archives and Documentation Centres
Document Type: Article
Length: 1,574 words
Lexile Measure: 1560L

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Ludwig Senfl (c.1490-1543): A Catalogue Raisonne of the Works and Sources. Volume 1: Catalogue of the Works. Volume 2: Catalogue of the Sources--Abbreviations, Bibliography, Indexes. By Stefan Gasch and Sonja Tr[delta]ster, in collaboration with Birgit Lodes. Turnhout, Belgium: Brepols, 2019. [Vol. 1: 682 p. ISBN 978-2-503-58420-1. [euro]50] [Vol 2: 409 p. ISBN 978-2-503-58479-9. [euro]50]

For more than a decade now, scholars associated with the University of Vienna (Stefan Gasch, Sonja Tr[delta]ster, Birgit Lodes) have undertaken a multipronged effort to re-examine the life, music, and historical significance of Ludwig Senfl. To date this ambitious endeavour has included three volumes of essays (Senfl-Studien [Tutzing: Hans Schneider; Wien: Hollitzer, (2012)-]), an ongoing new critical edition, and an online catalogue (http://www.senflonline.com). To these efforts can now be added a magisterial two-volume catalogue raisonne, devoted entirely to Senfl's works and their sources. Sweeping in scope, this project masterfully corrals a sprawling array of primary, secondary, and tertiary source materials into a single, easy-to-use repository, offering the fullest portrait yet of one of sixteenth-century Germany's most important musical figures.

Volume 1 of the catalogue raisonne comprises a full catalogue of Senfl's works. The catalogue listing itself is preceded by a wealth of introductory material: a detailed preface, a lengthy explanatory guide showing how to navigate both the works and sources catalogues, and several charts listing various technical details (abbreviations, correspondences between RISM and Census-Catalogue sigla, former shelf-marks of select manuscripts, a particular listing of sources in Ratsschulbibliothek Zwickau, a list of contrafacta with catalogue numbers, cross-references of several motets that could also be categorised as Mass proper settings).

Gasch and Tr[delta]ster begin their preface with some historiography, outlining at various stages what was known about Senfl's repertory, how it was interpreted, and the history of efforts to create a complete works edition. They vividly describe historical biases under which scholars have traditionally emphasised certain genres (Lieder) above others (motets, Mass propers), and have overly privileged Senfl's nationalist and Lutheran connections. Though Senfl's importance to sixteenth-century Germany has certainly been understood to a considerable extent, Gasch and Tr[delta]ster assert that the catalogue's up-to-date source tracking now enables a more thoroughgoing appreciation of his pervasive influence. Senfl emerges through this portrait as something of a cultural nexus, a figure whose music deeply penetrated the major courtly, civic, and theological currents of his time.

Among the more intriguing discoveries from Gasch and...

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