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Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Early Music Online - 16th century editions digitised and free!

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.

Early Music Online                                         

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

Royal Holloway's digital repository direct link (showing all the anthologies digitised) is here.

Links to the digitised music have been embedded in the catalogue records in the British Library catalogue, COPAC and the RISM UK database.

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