The 'Cantigas de Santa María" website makes available facsimiles of this medieval text. It consists of a collection of medieval songs in Galician-Portuguese, written during the reign of Alfonso X 'El Sabio' (1221-1284). On the site, users may view facsimiles of both the To Codex and the E Codex and each 'cantiga' is available as a standard and small gif file, as well as a printable PDF. The illuminations that accompany every tenth cantiga in the E Codex may also be viewed here. While all may be viewed in black and white, a selection may be viewed in colour. The site also provides a good list of links to related Web resources, including: transcriptions of the cantigas; the full-text of the book 'Emperor of Culture: Alfonso X the Learned of Castile and His Thirteenth-Century Renaissance'; and an article on 'Accentuation and Duration in the Music of the Cantigas de Santa Maria' by Hendrik van der Werf.
The Gradual from Maundy Thursday to the Vigil of Pentecost (Denison Library, Perkins 4. Gradual. s. XVI, Scripps College) Web pages provide a digitised version of this entire 16th-century manuscript (including the binding). The gradual (a choir book) contains the Latin text and plainsong music sung during masses over the period between Easter and Pentecost. The text is illuminated, often with large historiated initials and intricate borders, and is annotated with liturgical information and descriptions of the illuminations. The images are of a high quality and enable the user to zoom in significantly on individual details. The site gives a good general description of the whole manuscript, its binding and probable use, as well as descriptions of each folio to accompany the individual images. The manuscript is searchable by: title; description; day of the Church Year; illuminations; and transcriptions among other fields, with some hyperlinking between fields from within individual descriptions. This site would be of interest to students and researchers in the fields of: manuscript studies; religious studies; and history, and, as the publishers hope in future to include musical transcriptions and sound files of the music being played, music historians.
Nota Quadrata is the website of a research project devoted to the study of late medieval musical notation. The title of the project relates to the use of square notation, a 14th-century innovation which changed the way music was read and disseminated. The project site provides various short articles of interest to manuscript and musical historians, divided into sections including: Writing Medieval Music; Medieval Context; Terms and Treatises; Note Shapes; Manuscripts; and Scribes and Scriptoria. To add to this the site also provides project news and information on related events. The project is a collaboration between the Faculty of Music and the Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto.
This is the website for the Répertoire International des Sources Musicales (RISM), which is a database that "holds details of the 17th- and 18th-century music manuscripts preserved in libraries and archives in the UK and Ireland". Established in 1952 by the International Musicological Society and International Association of Music Libraries, its aim is to locate and document all surviving musical sources dating from the earliest times to about 1800. Work is co-ordinated at a central office in Frankfurt and the UK and Ireland contribution is provided by the RISM (UK) Trust, which is based at the British Library, in collaboration with Royal Holloway, University of London and the British Library, and it is supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). The website includes background information about the Organisation and the Trust. The database can be browsed by manuscripts; people; institutions; titles; subjects; or library sigla. The database is additionally deposited at AHDS Performing Arts.
This website describes an AHRC-funded research project which is re-uniting the eight surviving part books of the Wode Psalter, one of the finest Reformation Psalters in existence. The Psalter, a set of richly decorated and annotated musical manuscripts offers a unique insight into post-Reformation Scottish life and worship, and this project will undertake interdisciplinary research around the manuscripts, curate an exhibition and produce a complete recording of the music and create a digital copy of the complete series of part books.