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Print and manuscript sources of Renaissance music (1400–1600)

General resources for music prints

  • Boorman, Stanley, Eleanor Selfridge-Field, and Donald W. Krummel. "Printing and publishing of music." In Grove Music Online. Oxford Music Online, 2001.
    • Provides an overview of music printing and publishing practices
    • Includes an extensive bibliography
  • Bernstein, Jane A. Print Culture and Music in Sixteenth-Century Venice. New York: Oxford University Press, 2001. ML3790 B47 2001.
    • A central book for understanding the origins and development of music printing.
  • Microfilms of Renaissance Prints
    • List of microfilms available at McGill for specific Renaissance prints
    • Organized by year of publication and item code based on RISM
    • McGill print edition of the RISM catalogue:ML113 I6 ser AI 
  • RISM: Online Catalogue
    • Better for prints than manuscripts
    • Includes inventories and other information on sources
    • Does not yet include everything found in RISM's printed volumes
      • Contains all of series A/I, A/II, and years 1500-1550 and 1601-1610 of B/I.
      • A/I: Single-composer prints before 1800
      • B/I and B/II Printed anthologies of the 16th-18th centuries (see below)
    • See RISM under General resources for music manuscripts and General resources for music prints of this guide for more details

RISM printed volumes

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