Mit ganczem willen wünsch ich dir
With all my heart I wish you
This so beautiful instrumental called “Mit Ganczem Willen” (With all my heart I wish you), was composed by Conrad Paumann (c. 1410 — 1473), born in Nuremberg, Germany. Although he was blind, it didn’t stop him becoming widely known as a master organist, composer and lutenist. In 1447 he became the official town organist of Nuremberg. This piece is taken his famous book about organ playing (1452), called “Fundamentum Organisandi”. Being as rebellious as he was talented, he left what was probably a stifling environment, and went secretly to Munich in 1450, where he was immediately employed by Duke Albrecht III as court organist, who also gave him a house. Munich was officially his home for the remainder of his life, although he began to travel extensively. Paumann, being blind, never wrote down his music, and may have been an improviser above all. He has been credited with inventing the system of tablature for the lute in Germany; while it cannot be proven, it seems reasonable both because of Paumann’s influence, and because of the ease with which music can be dictated using tablature. Unquestionably his influence had much to do with the subsequent development of a culture of organ-playing and composition in Germany, a tradition which culminated in the 18th century with the work of J.S. Bach.