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Lengthy article from Grove Music Online listing and describing the main manuscript sources of music in use before 1600, arranged by subject matter and also chronologically. Click on the "i" for a detailed outline of the contents.
1. The nature of manuscripts.
2. The functions of manuscripts.
3. Preparation and copying.
4. Historical survey: up to 1600.
5. Historical survey: from 1600.
6. The study of manuscripts.
7. The content of musical manuscripts.
8. Manuscripts in musical society.
II. Western plainchant
2. 9th and 10th centuries.
3. 11th century.
4. 11th–12th centuries.
5. 12th century.
6. 12th–13th centuries.
7. 13th century.
8. 14th, 15th and 16th centuries.
9. Mozarabic chant.
10. Old Roman chant.
III. Secular monophony
Important text manuscripts
Song collections, isolated melodies and fragments
8. Other languages and later repertories.
+ Other languages and later repertoires
IV. Organum and discant
2. The Winchester Troper.
3. Aquitanian and related sources.
4. Parisian and related sources.
V. Early motet
2. Principal individual sources.
VI. English polyphony, 1270–1400
2. The Worcester Fragments.
3. Other individual sources.
VII. French polyphony, 1300–1420
2. The Machaut manuscripts.
3. Principal individual sources.
VIII. Italian polyphony, c1325–c1420
2. Principal individual sources.
3. Other fragments.
IX. Renaissance polyphony
Open-access database of over 700,000 mainly manuscript sources, most written before 1800, from hundreds of libraries and archives around the world. This catalog gives public access to the RISM A/II series: Music Manuscripts after 1600. Search by composer, title, thematic catalog number, music incipit, library, etc.; some catalog entries include links to digitized sources. Sponsored by Répertoire international des sources musicales.
"This database holds details of the 17th- and 18th-century music manuscripts preserved in libraries and archives in the UK and Ireland. It includes manuscripts from national, public and academic libraries, county and city record offices, cathedral and chapel libraries and some private collections."
The RISM database contains 34,941 musical manuscripts and 21,768 printed scores from 55 Swiss musical institutions, both private and public, including archives, libraries, convents, and private collections. The 50,235 cataloged titles each contain up to 100 fields per bibliographic record and follow the RISM A/II directives on data entry, with the following main search fields:- Name of composer, name of arranger etc., with dates of birth and death;
- Catalogue title (title of the work in its standard form);
- Musical incipit;
- Description of materials used;
- Institution where the source is held and its library reference.
The printed musical scores have been cataloged for the first time in www.rism-database.ch, as opposed to the RISM A/II database.
Partially searchable digital images of books printed in England, Scotland, and Ireland, as well as works in English printed elsewhere. Based upon the Pollard and Redgrave Short Title Catalogue (1475-1640) and the Wing Short-Title Catalogue (1641-1700)
A digital library of more than one million images in the areas of art, architecture, the humanities, and social sciences with a set of tools to view, present, and manage images for research and pedagogical purposes. Don't be fooled by the name! This resource is rich in music images and photographs.
Digital library (bibliothèque numérique) of French and francophone culture maintained by the Bibliothèque nationale de France. Contains numerous electronic texts, manuscripts, scores, sound files, and other sources and publications. Click here for advanced search.
Current directory describing over 200,000 collections of primary source material housed in thousands of repositories across the U.S., U.K. & Ireland. Includes ArchivesUSA, containing the entire holdings in the National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections (NUCMC).