Day 15

Ludwig Iselin (2 July 1559 – 20 December 1612) was a Basel scholar. He was the son of Johann Ulrich Iselin and Faustina Amerbach. His father died during the plague in 1564 so young Ludwig grew up with his uncle, Basilius Amerbach (the younger).

He studied in Geneva with the famous Calvinist theologian Theodore Beza (1581), then in Bourges with Jacobus Cujacius (1582) and in Padua (1586). During his studies in Padua, he visited Italy – Florence, Rome and Venice.

After studying in Italy, he returned to Basel, where in 1589 he obtained the title of doctor of both laws and became a city syndicate (Stadtsyndikus). In 1610 he obtained the title of professor of Roman law.

In the years 1597-1598 and 1607-1608 he was rector of the University of Basel. He married Anna Ryhiner, daughter of Emanuel Ryhiner. He had seven children, six of whom died during the plague of 1610-1611. He himself died at a young age shortly afterwards, on 2 December 1612.

Ludwig Iselin is the author of many works, including memoirs. Most of them, however, have not been published.

Biography sourced from Wikipedia

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  1. Theodore Jordan says:

    The dots after the letters indicate staccato? I’m not sure I’ve seen that before. Don’t some french publications put a dot or asterisk after a letter to indicate that that note is held?

    1. Alex McCartney says:

      They represent a brush or ‘drag’ with the right-hand first-finger down the top three strings (in this case). I’ve opted not to go for this myself, but you should give it a go and let me know if it feels good for you! Sometimes it can have a really nice lightening effect on the music.

  2. Alex McCartney says:

    Well done for getting halfway through the course everyone! Keep it up!

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