Resources and Links
The Additional Manuscript 29987 from the British Library is one of the foremost sources of the Trecento. Dating from the late 14th century and previously owned by the Medici family, it is among the earliest known manuscripts of profane (or secular) music. It’s 15 dances are some of the only surviving instrumental profane music of the period and it is the primary resource for the saltarello.
The Squarcialupi Codex is a beautifully illuminated manuscript which consists of 216 parchment folios. Containing 353 compositions of Italian secular music, it is the largest primary source of Trecento music. The Squarcialupi Codex is in the collection of the Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana in Florence, Italy.
John Playford’s Dancing Master, also known simply as “Playford’s”, is a collection of English Country Dances with melody published between 1651 and 1728. The first edition was known as the English Dancing Master.
The first book of madrigals by Archadelt. This 1546 work contains the works from Caravaggio’s lute player written in musical notation contemporary with that period.
Free open source music composition software which allows you to to create and view music scores.
Free text-based programmatic music engraving software. LilyPond has great flexibility but a steep learning curve. It allows for the creation of complex scores.
Frescobaldi is a free sheet editor for use with LilyPond.