ECOLM - An Electronic Corpus of Lute Music

Ornaments are encoded in the form (Oxy:<pos>), where ‘xy’ is the code from a list of defined ornament signs; often ‘y’ is not needed, but in one or two cases, the code is a compound of a letter and a number, e.g. a2. The ‘pos’ value is as that for line-start and -end positions, above; in most cases there is a default value, so pos may usually be omitted altogether.

Furthermore, there are shortcuts for a few common ornaments (in their default positions) which replace the entire lettersuppsign (see also Fingerings); they immediately follow the note to which they are attached, without any space:

[To see how to encode each of these examples fully, click on their image]

(Oa1:5) can be indicated by a comma: , (backfall, Abzug or Triller)


(Oc1:7) = u (doesn’t appear as a tablature letter; same as next)


(Oc2:4) = < (forefall, Einfall)

(Oe:3) = # (Bebung - vibrato - or Tremulanten; in English tablatures c1600, it means a generic ‘relish’)


(Of:3) = x (incredibly rare as a tablature letter; Mordant, Martellement, or a special form of vibrato)


(Oe:3) = # (Bebung [?] in Weiss)