We are delighted to add another set of Bob Mitchell’s editions from the Trent codices, which are now available in our Music Editions resource. Please let us know (diamm at music.ox.ac.uk) if you are using any of the resources we have posted: it would be good to hear from you!
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Check out Bob Mitchell’s latest versions of his editions from the Trent codices, which he has kindly made available in our Music Editions resource, and the PhD thesis of DIAMM co-founder Margaret Bent. Among our other recent updates is a digital version of the Curtis-Wathey handlist of fifteenth-century English liturgical music. We are also pleased to present, by popular demand, a new list browser for the database, recommended if you are looking for a specific manuscript and know the relevant city, library, or shelfmark
Please do browse our pages (some are still under construction), and let us know what you like and what you don’t.
DIAMM-trained photographer Dr Lynda Sayce is contributing to an exciting new collaboration between the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City) and the Alamire Foundation, International Centre for the Study of Music in the Low Countries (Belgium). The Alamire Digital Lab (a state-of-the-art mobile laboratory specializing in the digitization of musical heritage) has been permitted to digitize, describe and study the music manuscripts held in the Vatican Library collections. These collections include manuscripts dating from the late 14th to the early 17th centuries from the Sistine Chapel, the Cappella Giulia, and the church of S. Maria Maggiore.
The digitization (13,500 images) will take place between November 2012 and April 2013 in consultation with the Vatican Library. The sources to be digitized include masterpieces from the workshop of Petrus Alamire in Flanders that contain superb polyphony and magnificent illuminations. The Alamire sources in particular will be meticulously studied, analysed, described, and provided with metadata in the Vatican by an international team of researchers and staff from the Alamire Foundation – University of Leuven, Musicology Research Unit.
The uniqueness of the project lies in the fact that the images will not only be accessible in the Vatican Library itself, but will also be included in a new digital database, the Integrated Database for Early Music (IDEM). In this database, which will be freely accessible online, not only will the images themselves be available, but also substantial additional material relating to the manuscripts.
The Alamire Digital Lab and IDEM are supported by the Hercules Foundation and the University of Leuven. The Vatican manuscript digitization project has been made possible through the generous support of the Flemish Minister of Culture Joke Schauvliege and the Special Research Fund of the University of Leuven. The choirbooks of Petrus Alamire will be researched and valorized with the support of an IWT / SBO grant for the project “New Perspectives on Polyphony”.
The Alamire Foundation is extremely delighted that this unique collaboration enables, stimulates and valorizes research into the splendid musical sources that the Vatican possesses. In an unprecedented way, this exceptional project will reveal an important part of the musical and art-historical heritage of the Low Countries that is now located in the Vatican Library.
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