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Elias Nikolaus Ammerbach (b Naumburg, c1530; d Leipzig, bur. 29 Jan 1597). German organist and arranger. He studied at the Leipzig University (1548-9) and probably abroad, and was organist at the Thomaskirche, Leipzig, 1561-95. His Orgel oder Instrument Tabulatur (1571), the first printed German organ tablature, introduced ‘new German’ notation in which pitches are expressed by letters with rhythm-signs above. It contains arrangements for organ or other keyboard instrument of vocal works and dances; some are lavishly decorated, as are… read more

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