Balázs Mikusi, the chair of RILM’s Hungarian committee and the head of the music collection at the Országos Széchényi Könyvtár in Budapest, was recently leafing through one of the library’s folders of unidentified manuscripts when he encountered four pages of what looked to him like Mozart’s handwriting.
He soon realized that he had stumbled upon the original score of the piano sonata in A, K.331—one of Mozart’s most beloved sonatas, with the famous “alla turca” finale! The finding has additional significance because the score clears up long-standing questions regarding certain passages.
Congratulations to RILM’s own Balázs Mikusi! Below, Olga Jegunova performs the work in 2012.
A collection of music manuscripts compiled around the middle of the 15th century and currently kept in the northern Italian city of Trento, the Trent codices preserve over 1500 compositions, mostly sacred vocal music. Taken together, these codices comprise the largest and most significant single manuscript source from the entire century from anywhere in Europe.
Codici online allows scholars to see over 1800 cataloged records and over 6000 digital images of the Trent codices, along with their melodies and lyrics, and essays and contextual materials. This free online resource was established by the Soprintendenza per i Beni librari e archivistici of the autonomous province of Trento, the Direzione Generale per i Beni Librari e gli Istituti Culturali, and the Società Filarmonica di Trento.
Above, the Gloria from a mass by Dufay (the composer’s name is at the top). Below, a Kyrie from the Trent codices.
Related article: Tablature in PDF and PostScript
CANTUS: A database for Latin ecclesiastical chant is a free online resource that assembles and publishes indices of over 380,000 chants found in manuscript and early printed sources for the liturgical Office. The database is searchable by text incipit, keyword, Corpus Antiphonalium Officii identification number, or Liturgical occasion.
CANTUS is supported by the University of Waterloo and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Terence Bailey serves as the project’s director.