As musicians and researchers we are very lucky to be in an age where practically all our important sources are available online. But very often, having the sources, does not mean that we have access to them. Even if we know the original language that they were written in, in order to understand them we need the help of experts - both on a linguistic and a musicological level. Early Music Sources PIE aims to take sources that were never translated, and in some cases never published, and publish them online for free, in English.


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PIE vol. 1 - Anonymous (ca. 1670-90), Regole di canto figurato, contrappunto, d'accompagnare

This Manuscript [I-Bc Ms. E. 25] is describing and demonstrating a manner of playing accompaniment so extravagant, we wouldn’t have imagine otherwise. Amazingly enough, this treatise was never transcribed, translated, or published in modern times. Parts of the manuscript were mentioned in our episode about Italian Basso Continuo 1650-1700, but now we wish, with the help of specialists, to create a free online edition of it in English. The translation will be made by Dr. Flavio Ferri-Benedetti, a musician and a scholar.

Dr. Flavio Ferri-Benedetti

Regole di canto figurato, contrappunto, d'accompagnare, pp. 165-6

PIE vol. 2 - Anonymous (ca. 1630), Il Corago [The Baroque Opera Director]

This Anonymous treatise touches everything related to early opera productions. A Corago is what we might nowadays call a theatrical producer or artistic director, responsible for every aspect of the production; the music, the singing, the instruments, the acting, the dances, the set, and more! The content of the treatise is available for scholars today only by an Italian transcription (1983, link). An English translation is now being made by Andrew Lawrence King, and while it will be published for free, a separate publication with his commentary will be offered for a budget price. Check his his blog for more information.