[SCA-Dance] Fw: [ECD] British Library early eds. online

Mary Railing mrailing2 at yahoo.com
Mon Oct 3 12:18:44 EDT 2011

People on this list might be interested to know this.


----- Forwarded Message -----
From: sharon mckinley <samckinley at gmail.com>
To: ecd at bacds.org
Sent: Monday, October 3, 2011 8:50 AM
Subject: [ECD] British Library early eds. online

not quite ECD, but i thought that some of you might be interested.
sharon "not so old myself" mckinley

from a British Library curator on the Music Library Assoc. listserv:

"I thought you'd like to know that many of the British Library's rare
or unique 16th-century music editions are now freely available online,
thanks to a partnership between Royal Holloway, University of London,
the British Library and JISC.

The Early Music Online project has digitised from microfilm more than
300 anthologies of printed music from the 16th century. The earliest,
a collection printed by Ottaviano Petrucci, dates from 1503, and
highlights of the collection include church music by Josquin des Prez,
Thomas Tallis and William Byrd; drinking-songs from Nuremberg and
love-songs from Lyon; lute music from Venice and organ music from

Librarians, musicians, researchers and students from around the world
can now access these digitised editions free of charge via


Links to the digitised music have been embedded in the catalogue
records in the British Library catalogue, COPAC and the RISM UK
database.  The project team has greatly expanded the existing
catalogue records for these items, creating inventories of the
contents of each anthology and adding authority-controlled names of
composers, printers and former
owners.   We hope this will open up these important early music
collections for further research, study and performance."


The project was funded by JISC, the UK's technology consortium for
higher and further education.
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