Digital Collections Archives

November 5, 2010

Music Theory Treatises: A Digital Collection

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This project was realized in collaboration with Professor Patrick McCreless at the Yale Music Department and with the Yale Library Conservation. Every other year the Music Department offers a course entitled "Theory and Aesthetics". This required class consists in a study of the principal nineteenth-century writings in music theory (tonality, harmony, counterpoint, rhythmic theory, form, etc.) and musical aesthetics. In support of that curriculum, the Gilmore Music Library at Yale makes a collection of rare music theory treatises available to students. Over the years, because of repeated usage, some books have suffered damage. The books used to support the class are mostly 19th century music theory treatises, most of these in German, and have not been not been scanned by anyone (e.g. Google Books.) Digitizing these books has been of great service to the Yale community but also a wonderful contribution to the scholarly world.

October 20, 2011

16th-century music editions now freely available online

Many of the British Library's rare or unique 16th-century music editions are now freely available online, thanks to a partnership between Royal Holloway, University of London, the British Library and JISC.

The Early Music Online project has digitised from microfilm more than 320 anthologies of printed music from the 16th century. The earliest, a collection printed by Ottaviano Petrucci, dates from 1503. Highlights of the collection include sacred music by Josquin des Prez, Thomas Tallis and William Byrd; secular songs from Nuremberg, Paris and Lyon; lute music from Venice and organ music from Leipzig. Over 9000 individual compositions have been digitised.

You can access these digitised editions free of charge via

December 9, 2011

In Mozart's Words

This wonderful website provides multilingual access (English, Italian and French, to an annotated version of the voluminous correspondence of Mozart and his family - approximately 1,400 letters. Available at:

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January 30, 2012

On the Digital Radar: Alan Lomax's Ethnomusicological Collection

The folklorist and ethnomusicologist Alan Lomax was a prodigious collector of traditional music from all over the world and a tireless missionary for that cause. Long before the Internet existed, he envisioned a “global jukebox” to disseminate and analyze the material he had gathered during decades of fieldwork. More details on the New York Times' Website...

February 8, 2012

Carnegie Hall Receives $2 Million for New Digital Archives

Carnegie Hall today announced that it has received $2 million in major support for a new Digital Archives Project. A $1 million challenge grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York and a matching gift from the Susan and Elihu Rose Foundation will help Carnegie Hall to digitize archival collections documenting the Hall’s 120-year history, ensuring that they are preserved for future generations and made increasingly accessible to the public, both on-site in its Archives and online. The Carnegie Hall Archives was established in 1986. Since no central repository existed prior to that time, a significant portion of the Hall’s documented history had been lost, discarded, or otherwise forgotten. Over the last twenty-five years, Carnegie Hall’s Archives team, led by Director Gino Francesconi, has painstakingly re-constructed the Hall’s history, collecting more than 300,000 items related to close to 50,000 performances and events in its three concert halls; construction of the building and its subsequent alterations; and the many notable artists, world figures, and personalities who have graced the Hall’s stages. More details at:

December 9, 2013

Johannes Tinctoris: Complete Theoretical Works

The web site of the new edition of the theoretical writings of Johannes Tinctoris (c.1435-1511) is now open for public use. You are invited to visit to start exploring the edition and to learn its capabilities.

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