Vicentino21 – a digital edition with commentary, translation and practical exploration of Nicola Vicentino’s «L’antica musica ridotta alla moderna prattica» (Rome 1555)

Nicola Vicentino’s “L’antica musica ridotta alla moderna prattica” (Rome 1555) is a central treatise on music, performance practice and music theory of the 16th century, which has been underestimated and only partially evaluated. A digital critical edition provides new access. The aim of the four-year project is to research the historical, intellectual and musical context of Nicola Vicentino (1510-1577) as well as the reception and influence of his revolutionary ideas and reflections on music and music theory (i.a. reintroduction of ancient chromatic and enharmonic music), as described in his treatise of 1555. To this end, “Vicentino21” is creating a digital edition of the treatise and its music, with translations, commentaries and sound samples, which will be made available open access on a platform. More



Aus dem Alltag einer Vicentino21-Forscherin

Seit ungefähr einem Monat bin ich eine glückliche Abenteuerin in der realen Klangwelt des Archicembalos. Das Instrument fordert von mir eine komplette musikalische Reorganisation des Gehirns, stellt alles in Frage, was ich bisher im Leben musikalisch getan habe. Also lerne ich nicht nur neu zu spielen, sondern auch neu zu…

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Kontrapunktwerkstatt XVII. News and (Digital) Perspectives on «Vicentino21»

Program On 7–8 May 2021, the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis FHNW hosted the seminar Kontrapunktwerkstatt XVII. Digitalisierung in Forschung und Lehre (‘Counterpoint Workshop XVII. Digitization in Research and Teaching’), organized by the Music Theory department of the Schola in collaboration with the Institut für Musikforschung of…


Collating Vicentino’s «L’antica musica» (Rome 1555): New Digital Investigation Tools

In a study of textual criticism, the collation of sources is an operation of primary importance. It is a sophisticated process of comparing copies of the same text, looking for places where it differs. In early modern period, where corrections are common in printed books because the press could be…


«Vicentino21» and NIE-INE. An Unfortunately Much Too Short Cooperation

Every end is also a beginning. This admittedly very hackneyed phrase describes the relationship between “Vicentino21” and NIE-INE quite well. NIE-INE stands for “National Infrastructure for Editions” and is a project supported by swissuniversities. Its aim is to create a comprehensive work and publication platform for Swiss editions. For more than…


Towards a Census of Surviving Copies of Vicentino’s «L’antica musica ridotta alla moderna prattica» (Rome 1555 and 1557)

The first step towards an extensive bibliographical survey of Nicola Vicentino’s L’antica musica ridotta alla moderna prattica (Rome 1555 and 1557) is the census of the today preserved copies of the print. This investigation yielded several interesting surprises.An important starting point for music bibliographical research is provided by RISM. Published writings on music…

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