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Music Scores Online: Medieval, Renaissance, & Baroque
The "Geese Book" (New York, Pierpont Morgan Library, M. 905) was completed in 1510 for the parish of St. Lorenz in Nuremberg; it is a large-format gradual that preserves the mass liturgy sung by the boys choir until the Reformation. This multimedia exploration of the gradual includes performances of chants by the Schola Hungarica, videos about the creation of the book, as well as full-color digital images.
Most of these items are made publicly-accessible, but very few are public domain -- much of the music scores, most of the Early Music Resources, all of the Score Software Resources and most of the course materials are copyrighted to the individual named with each item. Please see "Conditions of Use" on the website.
ASCIMA at the University of Birmingham contains critical editions of seventeenth-century Italian madrigals and arias, together with introductions to the editions in Italian, German and English, and translations of the texts into English and German.
Searchable catalogue of 12th- and 13th-century Latin conductus (liturgical poems not based on preexisting chants and set to music for one, two, or three voices). Links to manuscript images are given when available.
The Digital Image Archive of Medieval Music provides access to collections of medieval polyphonic music manuscripts (the resource does not include plainchant). The music and the manuscripts date from approx. 800 to 1550.
Early Music Online contains about half of the British Library's holdings of 16th-century anthologies of printed music, as listed in RISM B/I (Recueils imprimés XVI-XVII siécles). These volumes contain approximately 10,000 musical compositions, which have been individually indexed. The volumes mainly consist of partbooks of vocal polyphony, but also include some early printed tablatures for keyboard or plucked string instruments. They include music printed in Italy, Germany, France, and England.
Or link to EMO at the British Library where you can apply composer, date, language, publisher, and genre filters.
Founded in 2010 at Stanford University, JRP originally sought to digitize all works attributed to Josquin to promote comparative analysis for attribution. The database has expanded to cover other composers' (Binchois, Du Fay, Ockeghem, etc.) and anonymous works.
Measuring Polyphony presents digitizatons of polyphonic compositions copied in 13th- and 14th-century manuscripts in mensural notation and linked directly, when available, to high-resolution images of the original manuscripts and MIDI audio files.
The acquisition of medieval liturgical chant manuscripts that trace the history of music notation as it evolved over half a millennium, became a major collection priority in the Music Division beginning in the 1920s. Chronologically, these rare primary sources span a period of great paleographical change from the tenth through seventeenth centuries. These materials range in format and size from single leaves to entire books – both pocket-sized and immense choirbooks measuring over three feet tall.
Provides access to the Vatican Library’s digitized collections: manuscripts, incunabula, archival materials and inventories as well as graphic materials, coins and medals, printed materials (special projects).