The Virtual St Paul’s Cathedral Project recreates two full days in St Paul’s Cathedral — an ordinary (or ferial) day, the Tuesday after the First Sunday in Advent in 1625 and a Festival Day, Easter Sunday in 1624. These services reflect, in the choice of music and in other ways, differences in style of performance reflecting the difference between a festival, or special occasion and an ordinary, everyday occasion.
The Virtual St Paul’s Cathedral Project contains resources for understanding worship in English cathedrals and parish churches in the early seventeenth century. Chief among them are auralized recordings of the services appointed for use every day of the year — the Divine Services of Morning Prayer (Matins) and Evening Prayer (Evensong) — as well as services appointed for a narrower range of days — (the Great Litany, appointed for Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays and Holy Communion, appointed for Sundays and Holy Days).
The eBOIARDO website features theatrical, musical, and artistic representations based on Boiardo’s Orlando Innamorato, Ariosto’s Orlando Furioso, and other Italian Renaissance romance epics. The site contains numerous videos of chivalric adaptations staged in Sicilian opera dei pupi and the epic Maggio tradition of the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines.
Furnace and Fugue: A Digital Edition of Michael Maier’s Atalanta fugiens (1618), with Scholarly Commentary, edited by Tara Nummedal and Donna Bilak
Re-rendering the German alchemist Michael Maier’s intriguing and complex musical alchemical emblem book, Atalanta fugiens (1618), as an enhanced, open-access, online publication, Furnace and Fugue allows contemporary readers to hear, see, manipulate, and investigate Atalanta fugiens in ways that Maier perhaps imagined but that were impossible to fully realize before now. An interactive, layered digital edition provides accessibility and flexibility, presenting all the elements of the original book along with significant enhancements that allow for deep engagement by specialists and nonspecialists alike, while scholarly essays explore Atalanta fugiens and its place in the history of music, science, print, and visual culture in early modern Europe.
This collection of essays emerged from the research projects that 24 NEH Scholars developed during the NEH Summer Institute “Leonardo da Vinci: Between Art and Science” (Florence, Italy, June–July 2012), hosted by the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz (KHI). Over a period of three weeks, NEH Scholars explored the relations between art and science in the works of Leonardo da Vinci (1452–1519), the versatile, canonical artist of western art who moved with equal ease among artistic, literary, intellectual and scientific circles. The Institute was organized around three major themes: Word and Image, Painting and Drawing, and Craftsmen and Scholars.
This interdisciplinary resource centers around a mass by Jacob Obrecht, commissioned in 1488. One may explore the score and hear a recorded performance by a choir in a chapel in Bruges. The triptych portraying the husband and wife patrons of the work may also be examined.
This website provides teaching and learning resources for the study of medieval and early modern world history at the elementary and secondary levels. Hosted by the University of Toronto Library and freely available to all, it features a series of videos in which players of the oud, lute, and sarod perform music and discuss the histories of their instruments; an interactive GIS mapping tool; teaching materials for a range of courses and levels; and links to additional resources.
A digital research project dedicated to a repertory of polyphonic songs from mid-sixteenth-century France, featuring facsimiles of printed books of music, a chanson database, and a music reconstruction project.