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Kircher, Athanasius, Athanasii Kircheri Fuldensis Buchonii, E Soc. Iesu
Magnes sive De Arte Magnetica: Opus Tripartitum Quo
Kircher 1643: Wolfenbütteler Digitale Bibliothek (WDB): Athanasii Kircheri ... Magnes Siue De Arte Magnetica Opvs Tripartitvm : Quo Præterqvam Qvod Vniversa Magnetis Natvra, Eivsqve In Omnibvs Artibus & Scientijs vsus noua Methodo explicetur, ... multa hucusque incognita Naturæ arcana per Physica, Med.../ Athanasius Kircherus. - Editio secunda post Romanam multò corr. [Electronic ed.]. - Coloniae Agrippinae : Kalcoven, 1643 Permalink: http://diglib.hab.de/drucke/218-25-quod-1/start.htm
My intabulations try to be honest reproductions of Kircher's staff notation. Also the titles etc. follow the originals. Playing these intabulations by a "renaissance" lute in G will produce the original keys. A 6 course instrument is enough; the 7th course (in F) is needed only once.
No harmonizations are are added. The 17th century player(s) naturally played also the continuo, they improvised proper harmonies to the texture of the music. And so it should be done also today! One piece, the Antidotum Tarantulae is an exception among these pieces: it was written in three parts, and when intabulated, it becomes a complete lute piece.
Readers of this page are invited to make their own arrangements!
There is also a low quality webcam video, a "direct shot", April 2008, of the piece in the YouTube. The lute is model "Andreas Berr, Vienna, 1699", made by Stephen Barber, 1986. At the end of the video there is also our dog... And he is the main reason for publishing this video: his timing is perfect! :-)
There is also a video, a "direct shot", April 2008, of the piece in the YouTube. The soprano lute is made after model "Wendelio Venere", Vienna, c.1580, by Timo Kontio, 1997.
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