Ambrosius Wilfflingseder

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Ambrosius Wilfflingseder (* around 1500 in Braunau am Inn , then Lower Bavaria ; † December 31, 1563 in Nuremberg ) was a German music teacher .

Around 1550 he found a job at St. Sebald in Nuremberg. In 1561 he published the first major school music treatise in German. It was published several times and bears the title "Musica Teutsch, the youth too well placed. By Ambrosium Wilfflingseder von Braunaw / Cantorn in the Sebalder Schul, in Nuremberg" .

In the appendix to this treatise there are 15 music examples, all of which presumably come from the author. In many ways, the notation is already approaching what is usual today, even if the parts have not yet been combined into a score . The 15 music examples are divided into 6 bicinia (double chants) and 9 tricinia . The pedagogical impetus is expressed in the conciseness of the musical thoughts. Tenor and bass recorders are preferred on the recorder level, and alto recorders in g 'and f' occasionally in the tricinias . The soprano recorders that are common today already existed, but could not be precisely notated in the 16th century. An easy-going an octave can be previously used encryption not.

It also seems important to note that dance music, which was widespread in the form of various Dutch and French variants around 1550, is not included. Wilfflingseder is definitely interested in music which, because of its seriousness, stands out from purely everyday music.

The present music should rather encourage the students to self-study and be youth-friendly without the youth having to feel that they are viewed as immature.

Wilfflingseder's work gives a good insight into the didactics of music in the 16th century.