music-lnks – 4/22/04
A set of web links to information on medieval music and instruments by Dame Aoife Finn of Ynos Mon.
This file is a collection of various messages having a common theme that I have collected from my reading of the various computer networks. Some messages date back to 1989, some may be as recent as yesterday.
This file is part of a collection of files called Stefan's Florilegium. These files are available on the Internet at: http://www.florilegium.org
I have done a limited amount of editing. Messages having to do with separate topics were sometimes split into different files and sometimes extraneous information was removed. For instance, the message IDs were removed to save space and remove clutter.
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Mark S. Harris AKA: THLord Stefan li Rous
Stefan at florilegium.org
From: Lis <liontamr at ptd.net>
Date: Tue Feb 10, 2004 7:02:14 PM US/Central
To: Stefan li Rous <StefanliRous at austin.rr.com>
Subject: Links: Music
Greetings everyone. Reginald Bertram asked me for Music Links. Here You Go!
Herein you will find links for sheet music, instruments, midi files, and
even a fun quiz (can you tell a schawn from a cittern?). There were so many
hits to this particular search that I finally had to set limits, or, like
the kid set free in the candy shop, I would have gorged on music files
entirely too much. I finally gave up when the teenager started whining "Mom,
I need to use the phone line nooooooow!" I could have gone on for
considerably more than the couple hours I spent on this search :). Below you
will find 26 sites to explore, but be assured there are many more out there,
waiting to be discovered.
I remember doing this Links topic a couple of years ago, and a great deal has changed in those years. The amount of information available on the web has exploded recently, and that's wonderful. Huzzah to the Early Music Community for putting the music they love out there for public perusal.
As always, please share this links list where it will find a ready audience.
And I still am taking topics suggestions---please reply directly to me and
not to the list upon which you read THIS list, as I do not read every forum
this weekly column appears within.
Dame Aoife Finn, OL (Lisbeth Herr-Gelatt)
Medieval Music & Arts Foundation © 1991-2002 Medieval Music & Arts
(Site Excerpt) The term "early music" sometimes causes confusion. As a very
casual indication, music from the 1400s is early music in the sense which we
use here, whereas music from the 1940s is not. The context is European
classical music, which had its best-known pieces written in the 1700s &
1800s, and so the "early" in early music means earlier than that. In this
way, early music usually designates the Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque
periods of Western music. Early Music is a standard term, used in trade
magazines, journals, record store classical sections, etc.
(See also) Scores, Sounds & Sources http://www.medieval.org/emfaq/scores/
(and) Links to information on buying or making instruments
http://www.medieval.org/emfaq/instr/builders.html (and) Chord structure in
medieval music http://www.medieval.org/emfaq/harmony/chords.html.
Digital Image Archive of Medieval Music © DIAMM 2003
The DIAMM website provides information about the Digital Image Archive of
Medieval music. The main aim of the project is to obtain and archive
high-resolution digital images of al the existing fragments of medieval
medieval music, and most of our time and energy is devoted to that end. The
website exists to give information about the project, and where possible to
provide access to low-resolution versions of images that the copyright
holders are prepared to make available in this way. The inclusion of images
on the website is ongoing, and entirely dependent on the wishes of the
owners of the documents.....
Images of sources from the Bodleian library do not require the use of a
DIAMM password and can be accessed by all visitors to the site, but are
nevertheless still copyright, and may not be copied or reproduced in any
form without the permission of the Bodleian Library, Oxford. Access to the
remaining images requires a password and username that can be obtained with
the clearance of the project directors: if you have a genuine reason for
wishing to view these medieval musical sources, you should first complete
the Restricted Website Access Agreement, which all users are required to
sign, and return this by post to:The Project Manager, DIAMM, 41 Freelands
Road, Oxford OX4 4BS UK
ORB Mediecal Music Gallery copyright 1999 by Cynthia J. Cyrus
(Site Excerpt of a dictionary of medieval music terms)
the range of pitches used in a piece or a melodic line; narrow ambitus is
typically a sixth or less, normal ambitus an octave or so, and wide ambitus
would be an eleventh or more.
a musically interesting section of chant which is sung by a choir; the text
and music were intended to serve as a frame to a psalm verse (or a series of
psalm verses), introducing and following it. The term is used sometimes to
mean sacred song (e.g. Marian antiphons).
an antiphonal chant origianlly used a musically interesting section sung by
the choir (the antiphon) to frame a musically boring section (usually the
recitational psalm tone). The antiphonal chants of the mass are the introit,
offertory and communion.
Georgetown University's OLD Medieval Music Databases
Labrynth Medieval Music Search Results Page:
Early Music Resources on the Web copyright Sharon Spanogle 1997
A list of websites to find information and recordings of Medieval Music.
Providence College Medieval Music Links Page
Medieval Period (1200 - 1450) In Classical Music
(Site Excerpt) A large proportion of the music developed in Europe during
the medieval period was vocal, both of a religious and secular nature. In
church music, this took the form of Gregorian and other types of chants,
while non-religious music consisted largely of the songs of traveling
minstrels and troubadours. Vocal music was, until the 9th century, written
for one voice part only. Then a second, lower part was introduced, which
duplicated the top melody exactly by an interval of a fifth or fourth. A
third voice was sometimes added, sounding an octave below.
A Selection of Medieval Music (copyright Todd M. McComb???)
Although the Medieval era stretches back centuries, and indeed plainchant
repertories go back much farther, the starting point for this survey will be
the early polyphonic music and contemporaneous monophonic songs of the 12th
century. This is the time at which the medieval repertory can really be said
to begin.The earliest stages of polyphony in France, first in a basic
notation lacking precise pitch designation, actually flowered in the 11th
century with some interesting examples. This has recently been
reconstructed, and is presented in a compelling recording: Les premieres
polyphonies fran¨aises Organa et tropes du XIe si¸cleEnsemble Gilles
Binchois - Dominique Vellard Virgin Veritas 45135
SCA Medieval and Renaissance Music Homepage
(Site Excerpt) Western European music in the SCA period has long been
studied under the name `early music.' There are many groups which perform
such music and many sources should be available in a good library. In
addition, there is Usenet newsgroup, rec.music.early, which covers this
topic. You may also obtain this newsgroup via a mailing list. Songs /
Minstrels / "Bardic Arts"In the SCA, you'll often find solo music
performances lumped in with poetry, juggling, and other performances arts
under the term "Bardic Arts". These areas are covered on their own page, the
Minstrel Homepage. Almost all of the music material there is repeated here.
Try Your Luck As A Medieval Musician (c) 1997 The Annenberg/CPB Project.
(Site Excerpt) Listen to the sound of a medieval instrument and then try to
determine which instrument, from those pictured, made that sound.
(Instruments listed: Recorder, Cittern, Shawm)
Classical Net Links Page
(Site Excerpt) The number and variety of web sites devoted to topics of
potential interest to classical music lovers has grown at a rapid pace. In
order to provide a logical structure wherein sites can be found easily, this
section has been organized into a set of link pages arranged by topic. In
some cases, the topics overlap, so it may be necessary to visit a couple of
different pages to find the link you are looking for. Within a subject,
links are listed alphabetically. As always, you can use the Searchable Index
to help locate information based on keyword(s).
Choral Public Domain Library
(Site Excerpt) The Choral Public Domain Library (CPDL) is the largest
website devoted exclusively to free choral sheet music. Begun in December
1998, the site has over 250 contributors and 6,000 scores. The easiest way
to find scores is to use the 'Quick Search' in the left hand corner. If you
have any suggestions or bug reports, please contact the manager.
The Internet Renaissance Band Early music midi files by Curtis Clark
(Site Excerpt) All the Midi files available here are Copyright © 1995-2000
by Curtis Clark. They are licensed for personal use at no cost. For other
uses, please see the licensing agreement . (Rable of Contents includes)
a.. Music of the Renaissance
a.. Medi¾val music
a.. European carols: Medi¾val, Renaissance, and traditional
a.. Original compositions
A Selection of Medieval Music
(Site Excerpt) Although the Medieval era stretches back centuries, and
indeed plainchant repertories go back much farther, the starting point for
this survey will be the early polyphonic music and contemporaneous
monophonic songs of the 12th century. This is the time at which the medieval
repertory can really be said to begin.
La Trobe University Library Medieval Music Database
(Site Excerpt) This database is a systematic collection of scores, colour
images, texts and bibliographic information of medieval music which can be
searched by text or melody and which will return musical information in the
form of a modern score, text data and, where available, a colour facsimile
of an original manuscript. In contains a complete annual cycle of liturgical
chant taken from original medieval sources and complete works of selected
composers from the twelfth to the fifteenth centuries.
Ars Antigua © Minist¸re des Affaires ˇtrang¸res / Culture, France
Site is entirely in French, but you should be able to access the audio and
Arto Wikla's Early Music Pages
A List of pages with lists of Early Music Links (not all Medieval)
Georgetown University Medieval Music Resource Guide © 1994-1997, Martin
Irvine and Deborah Everhart
(SiteContains:) Medieval Music Databases , Other Resources, Medieval Music
Societies, Ensembles, and Concerts, Vendors
"Instruments pour jouer
les musiques du Moyen Age"
(Site Excerpt)This site presents many instruments I use to play medieval
musics. This site is in French, but don't be afraid of that!
The iconography is very important!
You'll find in this site many informations about instruments in medieval
musics, but also about their representations in Iconography, their musics
and also many midi files and many links .
The Written Notation of Medieval Music copyright Nigel Home (acrobat reader
(Site Excerpt) When visiting a vcollectionof old music such as those held at
the British Museum in London, I am often struck by the beauty and
painstaking effort that went into producing these maniscripts....
Who Wants to Be an Early Music Genius? Copyright © 2004 About, Inc.
(Site Excerpt) Do you muse on Machaut? Prance about Palestrina? Well then,
this quiz is perfect for you! Try out your medieval mettle and more with
this "Millionaire" style quiz focusing on music before 1650. Sorry: no real
money here, but you are welcome to break out the old Monopoly box!
The Guitar pre-1650 © copyright 1989, 1990, 1994, 1995,1996, 1997 W. J.
(Site Excerpt) It is probably well-known, at least among most musicians,
that the steel-string guitar (the acoustic type) as played in the USA today,
is out-of-period with the current interest in historical re-enactments and
the proliferation of Renaissance Faires all over the country. It also tends
to be assumed that no moderately priced replicas of "period" (pre-1650 CE)
instruments, that can be played by the modern guitarist, exist on the
market....and that is WRONG!