Syntagma Musicum

Syntagma Musicum (1614-1620) is a three-part book by the German composer, organist, and music theorist Michael Praetorius. It was published in Wittenberg and Wolfenbüttel. It is one of the most commonly used research sources for seventeenth-century music theory and performance practice.[1] The second volume De Organographia illustrates and describes musical instruments and their use. This work became a valuable guide for research and reconstruction of early instruments. Though never published, a fourth volume was underway.


The three volumes are:

  • I: Musicae Artis Analecta
  • II: De Organographia
  • III: Termini musicali

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Herbert, Trevor (28 March 2006). The Trombone. Yale University Press. p. 87. ISBN 978-0-300-10095-2. Retrieved 27 February 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

Further readingEdit

  • Kite-Powell, Jeffery (2004). Michael Praetorius: Syntagma musicum III. Oxford, New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-514563-1.

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