EVE (Electronic and Virtual Editions)

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Electronic editions have diverse purposes and therefore pursue different avenues of development. Most are open-ended: further development and refinement can be expected. As pioneers, all share the possibility that changes in hardware, software, and internet protocols may necessitate changes of design and delivery methods. Our listing is limited to open-access projects from which music may be downloaded and in some cases searched, analyzed, listened to, visualized, and re-edited.

Analysis-enabled Scores

Du Chemin Chansons

Website: Du Chemin Chansons

The Du Chemin project, carried out mainly by Richard Freedman and Philippe Vendrix and hosted by the Centre for Renaissance Studies at the University of Tours, is intended for both scholars and musicians. It is based on the sixteen sets of partbooks of chansons published by the Parisian house of Nicholas Du Chemin between 1549 and 1568. Facsimiles are viewable on the website and PDFs of the images can be downloaded. Transcriptions of full scores are also available. Underlying encoded data facilitates analyses.

Josquin Research Project

Website: Josquin Research Project

The Josquin Research Project, developed at Stanford University by Jesse Rodin and Craig Sapp, enables users to view and search the musical content of the music not only of Josquin but of many other composers active in the later fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries. At this writing it contains 675 works, of which 81 are securely attributed to Josquin, while 221 further works are attributed to him. To study cross-attributions and clarify distinctive traits of musical style a the remainder of the works (more than half of the currently available scores) come from Antoine Busnoys, Loyset Compere, Guillaume Du Fay, Pierre de la Rue, Johannes Martini, Johannes Ockeghem, Marbrianus de Orto, and several others. Mass settings, motets, and songs make up the bulk of the repertory.

The extensive analytical apparatus provides downloadable scores (minus lyrics), MIDI files, files for analysis (Humdrum), for screen viewing (MuseData), for visualization in "piano-roll" banners, and in MusicXML for transfer to commercial notation software. Some features of scores can be altered to show (or suppress) musica ficta, parallel motion between parts, and various other phenomena sometimes linked to traits of authorship.

Critical Editions

Editions listed here cite curated scores, usually with a critical apparatus (a description of the musical sources and a log of differences between the present score and the original one). Some offer performing parts or downloadable files from which parts can be created. Data files with which you can make your own edition of a score are included as appropriate. Some sites are under development. All are intended for expansion. Please note that EVE is limited to open-access materials.

ASCIMA: Archive of Seventeenth-Century Italian Madrigals and Arias

Website: ASCIMA

Content: The ASCIMA website, directed by John Whenham at Birmingham University (UK), provides full critical editions of entire volumes of secular vocal music which has been edited from printed part-books. Current holdings include madrigal collections by Tarquinio Merula, Claudio Monteverdi, Martino Pesenti, Giovanni Rovetta, Barbara Srozzi, and Giuseppe Valentini. Both single works and entire opuses can be downloaded as single files. Sound files are provided for each work.

Du Fay Opera Omnia

Website: Dufay Opera Omnia

Alejandro Planchart's critical edition of all the works of Guillaume Du Fay is subdivided into eleven section by musical/liturgical genre. DIAMM intends to provide other editions at its website.

MODE: The Marenzio Online Digital Edition

Website: The Marenzio Online Digital Edition (MODE)

This online digital edition of Luca Marenzio's secular music has been under development for several years. Mauro Calcagno and Lorent Pugin are the principal investigators. The musical sources are sixteenth-century partbooks that have been scanned (and "recognized') by Pugin's Aruspix software. Scores are assembled from the recognized parts.

WLSCM (Web Library of Seventeenth-Century Music)

Website: Web Library of Seventeenth-Century Music (WLSCM)

The Web Library of Seventeenth-Century Music (ISSN 2330-2429), which operates under the auspices of the http://sscm-sscm.org/ Society for Seventeenth-Century Music], is a curated collection of music focused on music that is not available otherwise. Most items in its catalogue features a "full volume" of works with critical notes. Most publications come from French and Italian composers. A recent addition is the harpsichord music [67 short pieces) of Richard Ayleward (?1626-69), edited by Ronald Woodley. It is supplied with audio samples.

Editable Score Data

CMME (Computerized Mensural Music Editing)

Website: CMME

The idea of CMME, conceived in 1999 as a Princeton undergraduate project by Ted Dumitrescu, was to support dynamic editions based on encoding standards comparable with the most rigorous printed editions. Editions of music in mensural notation have given rise to many changes of editorial opinion. In contrast to print, virtual editions have the possibility of being easily re-rendered to express changing views. On-screen views support the presence or absence of musica ficta and text underlay rationalized to fit the music or clustered at the start of line (as in many period manuscripts). Marnix van Berchem is the current director of the Utrecht-based project.


Website: KernScores

KernScores is a comprehensive website of musical data for analysis. (Kern is the Common Western Notation encoding format the Humdrum ToolKit, which has its own website and data repository at Ohio State University.) KernScores emphasize piano music. A large number of analytical conversions can be run on-the-fly from the long list of links that follows each title listing. Most repertories are for keyboard. An online Humdrum editor enables users to add their own data and run simple analysis routines on it.

The following conversions of data to sound and notation are among those supported:

  • MIDI (sound)
  • MuseData (notation, editing, analysis)
  • MusicXML (data interchange)
  • ABC+ (notation)
  • Guido (online notation)

KernScores also generates piano rolls, keyscapes, and several kinds of analytical data.


Website: MuseData

MuseData, based at the Center for Computer Assisted Research in the Humanities at Stanford University, has been under development since 1984. The representation system and software were developed by Walter B. Hewlett, primarily in the 1980s and 90s. The visual display is in wider use, for example in the display for other projects involving CCARH, such as the Josquin and Tasso projects listed here.

The representation system was designed to be sufficiently articulated to support translations to other representation schemes--among them MIDI, SCORE, and interchange codes (e.g., MusicXML, MEI). Because of the multi-pronged nature of the enterprise, not all works encoded are available in every format. The push-button generation of PDFs from raw musical data is currently being debugged.

Hybrid Digital Editions

The term "hybrid critical editions" refers to means of producing series of critical editions (usually all the works of one composer) in which the score is published in book form while the critical apparatus consists of digitized sources which are hyperlinked to one another to facilitate comparison. Underlying materials may also be linked to metadata (factual content) in a database or other structured, searchable format. The primary software currently in use for preparing such editions is called the Edirom (editorial read-only memory). It is developed and maintained by the Detmold/Paderborn musicology seminar.

Anton Bruckner Collected Edition

Website: Anton Bruckner Gesamtausgabe

The new edition currently in progress is part of a comprehensive Bruckner site, at the [bruckner-online.at Bruckner internet portal] in the Austrian National Library in Vienna. A work search form can be found here, a database of works here, and digitized copies of out-of-copyright works here.

Freischütz Digital

Website: Freischütz Digital

A proof-of-concept project complementing the Carl Maria von Weber hybrid digital edition. It involves a database, musical transcriptions, and (like other hybrid editions) material encoded in TEI and MEI. In addition contributions from allied technologies are being considered.