Accords nouveaux

François-Pierre Goy & Andreas Schlegel

Visitors, from the knowledgeable professional to the curious music lover, shall find here everything they need to work with the musical in Accords Nouveaux. Furthermore, the website shall sum up and document on a regular basis the current research on the subject.
This means that any collaboration of the visitors is welcome. Please communicate your commentaries and supplements via the contact page!

The introductory pages comprise the following subjects:

The wider context of Accords Nouveaux
• Thoughts on the question “Why Accords Nouveaux?” This includes the subject of musical temperament, especially in fretted instruments.
• Organology, particularly of the Lute, Lyra viol, Mandore, and Baroque Guitar

In the research pages (menu ”Thesis F.-P. Goy“ with sub pages) you will find:

Studies in and research data relating to Accords Nouveaux:

Up to now, names for the different tunings were derived from the tables of the researchers (Goy 2a / Radke 12 / Rave 12 / Schulze-Kurz 15). Instead of this we propose a slightly modified contemporary system, which is already in use in the field of Gamba research, were unisons are indicated by the letters of the French tablature (the Traficante-system, augmented for lute by F.-P. Goy and A. Schlegel). You will find further information about this here.

Additional contents


Remarks about the background and origin of informations

Especially in texts by Andreas Schlegel which sum up knowledge both of a general as of a special kind, information gleaned through diverse communications over the past 35 years can be found. Wherever possible the sources of this information are cited. Sometimes the lack of any publication which might be referred to makes this difficult. In other cases it has shown that what a researcher thought to have newly discovered, others knew before him and think of it as common knowledge.
There is no intention here to present what is in reality the result of other people’s work as if it were based on one’s own discoveries. The overview articles about types of instruments in particular can not be seen as one individual’s achievement, but as collections and condensed accounts of many sources. References to literature are given, whereever this is possible.