Academic journal article Fontes Artis Musicae

The Music Department of the German Historical Institute in Rome (Italy)

Academic journal article Fontes Artis Musicae

The Music Department of the German Historical Institute in Rome (Italy)

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The Music Department of the German Historical Institute in Rome (Italy), with a project funded by the German Research Council DFG, has completely digitised two of the most important collections of Italian opera manuscripts. The work was completed by a team under the scientific supervision of musicologist, Dr. Roland Pfeiffer. Aspects of this project were presented at the IAML annual congresses in Moscow (2010) and Dublin (2011).

The original manuscripts are in the possession of aristocratic families in Rome. Their digitisation consists of more than 110,000 single images and includes copies of around 143 full opera scores from the Roman and Neapolitan region, datable from 1770 to 1815, and held by the private library located in the palace of the Principi Massimo family. These manuscripts had first been recognized within a list published by Friedrich Lippmann in 1976 ("Musikhandschriften und -Drucke in der Bibliothek des Furstenhauses Massimo, Rom. Katalog", in Studien zur italienisch-deutschen Musikgeschichte XI, ed. by Friedrich Lippmann. Analecta musicologica, 17. [Koln, 1976], 254-295).

The originals of the second opera collection now digitised are held by the Archivio Doria Pamphilj, situated in the palace of this well-known aristocratic family, where also can be found one of the most important private art museums of the city. …

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