This annotated chronology of western music from ca. 1425 to ca. 1520 is the second of a series of outlines covering the history of music in western civilization. Additional volumes are planned which will cover the music of the late Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, and Romantic periods, and the Twentieth Century. The task of documenting the history and historiography of western music in outline form was undertaken because of the realization that, although there are many excellent books on music history, no single source systematically presents concise information on theory, notation, style, composers, instruments, and terminology, incorporating findings from primary sources and the results of subsequent scholarly research. Researchers seeking accurate information at present must consult a wide array of specialized books and periodicals, not all of which may be familiar or readily available. In addition, considerable background knowledge may be needed to assess these materials.
In developing the outline for this book, an attempt was made to consult all types of sources, to cover as many facets of importance as possible, and to present the facts in an organized manner. Thus a vast amount of data is digested for ready access, and further information may be obtained from the sources noted. As a convenience to researchers, it was decided to document each line of the outline. Abbreviations are used to refer to the sources that are cited in the bibliography following the main outline and appendices. If the larger part of a section is from one source, the abbreviations are placed after the appropriate heading, with only those few lines that are from other sources having separate abbreviations. The bibliography lists these abbreviations alphabetically without regard to whether the sources are books, periodical articles, or music; but the nature of the material is made clear in the citation.
In order to help the reader use this outline to the best advantage, many musical terms are either given a short explanation or are followed by a reference to another page of the outline where the term is explained in full. Technical