Cantor Goffin describes how over 500 years ago, Maharil endorsed several cantorial tunes as "MiSinai" -- "so authoritative it's as if they go back to Sinai" -- for use in the prayers.

What's the primary source on this? Do we have published musical notation of his?

  • Are you looking for the Maharil inside, the official musical notation for the Misinai tunes, or an official list of which tunes are Misinai?
    – Double AA
    Oct 12, 2012 at 15:07
  • Ideally, "the Maharil inside."
    – Shalom
    Oct 12, 2012 at 15:18
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    Shalom, the Rama quotes a Maharil along these lines in OC 619:1 and Darkei Moshe there, but I can't seem to find it in the Maharil itself.
    – Double AA
    Oct 12, 2012 at 15:46
  • See this (it doesn't mention anything about the tunes being from Sinai,. though): hebrewbooks.org/…
    – b a
    Oct 12, 2012 at 16:14
  • @DoubleAA That sounds like worthy material for an answer, though a better answer may someday supersede it.
    – Isaac Moses
    Aug 19, 2016 at 13:16

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Otzar Dinim U'Minhagim - page 254 Nigunim and then on page 255 says that most of these songs are from the Maharal M'Prag.

Rabbi Shmuel Pinchas Gelbard attributes them to the Maharil.

See also Maharil Uzemano that attributes these songs to the Maharil. (Thanks b a)

Perhaps Otzar Dinim U'minhagim meant to say Maharil rather than Maharal M'Prag?

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