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Call Number: Con Spec Coll Kohl ML171 .V5 1931
Publication Date: 1931
Facsimile of Sebastian Virdung's 1511 Musica getutscht, which was the first printed work in the west dealing exclusively with musical instruments. The work sought to provide basic instruction for playing instruments used for art music in German-speaking lands at the turn of the sixteenth century. It proved to be highly influential, inspiring several translations and adaptations.
Musica instrumentalis deudsch by
Call Number: Con Spec Coll Kohl ML171 .A2613 1529
Publication Date: 1529
Published in 1529 (with reprints in 1530, 1532 and 1542, and a full revision in 1545) is a German adaptation and expansion of Virdung's Musica getutscht.
Musurgia seu praxis musicae by
Call Number: Con Spec Coll Kohl ML171 .L94 1536
Publication Date: 1536
Originally commissioned as a Latin translation of Virdung, but it evolved into more of an adaptation than a strict translation. It was completed around 1517 but not published until 1536, with a reprint in 1542.
Call Number: Con Spec Coll Kohl MT5.5 .G53 1547
Publication Date: 1547
The most notable contribution of Dodekachordon is its addition of four new modes - including Ionian and Aeolian - to the eight medieval modes. It is also valuable as a musical anthology, containing over 120 compositions.
Institutioni harmoniche by
Call Number: Con Spec Coll Kohl MT5.5 .Z37 1558
Publication Date: 1558
One of the most important works of music theory. It unites speculative theory with the practice of composition and outlines a modern theory of consonance and tuning that accounts for the use of thirds and sixths. The work draws upon Glarean's modal system without naming him as its author.
Call Number: Con Spec Coll Kohl MT5.5 .A37 1562
Publication Date: 1562
First published in 1523 (with reprints in 1529, 1539, 1557, and 1562), this work contributes to Aaron's broader project of applying the standard teachings on mode, counterpoint and musica ficta to contemporary music. Toscanello also presents the earliest known description of meantone temperament.
La prima parte della somma di tutte le scienze by
Call Number: Con Spec Coll Kohl LT125.M3 P7 1587
Publication Date: 1587
This work, by a little-known Italian Renaissance philosopher and lawyer, discusses music's traditional place among the seven basic liberal arts.
Encomium musices by
Call Number: Con Spec Coll Kohl ML467 .S7 1590
Publication Date: ca. 1590
Containing eighteen engravings that depict musical events from the Bible, Encomium musices is one of the high points of musical iconography.
Della prattica musica vocale et strumentale by
Call Number: Con Spec Coll Kohl MT6.C38 D4 1601
Publication Date: 1601
Represents the conservative theoretical approach associated with Cerreto, which included a rejection of Glarean's twelve-mode system and an adherence to a strict osservato counterpoint.
Syntagma musicum by
Call Number: Con Spec Coll Kohl ML100 .P82 1615
Publication Date: 1615
Written in Latin and German, this work is widely regarded as the single most important music treatise of the pre-Classical period.
Questions harmoniques by
Call Number: Con Spec Coll Kohl ML3800 .M52 1634
Publication Date: 1634
Represents an early sketch of Mersenne's work on music theory that would achieve a more complete expression two years later in Harmonie universelle.
Harmonie universelle by
Call Number: Con Spec Coll Kohl ML100 .M313 1636
Publication Date: 1636
Latin version of Mersenne's monumental encyclopedia, which contains his most developed thoughts on music.
Musurgia universalis by
Call Number: Con Spec Coll Kohl ML100 .K56 1650
Publication Date: 1650
Among the most influential of all music treatises. It presents a summation of 16th and 17th century Italian and German compositional practices.
Musicæ compendium by
Call Number: Con Spec Coll Kohl ML3805 .D273 1656
Publication Date: 1656
Written in 1618 and first published in 1650. Translations and revised editions appeared in 1653, 1656, 1661, 1668, and 1695. It is noteworthy as an early experiment in the application of an empirical, deductive, scientific approach to the study of sensory perception. It is also among the earliest attempts to study the relationship between the physical and psychological phenomena in music.
Brief introduction to the skill of musick by
Call Number: Con Spec Coll Kohl MT7 .P72 1660
Publication Date: 1660
First printed in 1654, the work went through twenty editions, the last being in 1730. Oberlin's copy is the third edition from 1660. Brief introduction is broadly regarded as the most significant English theoretical treatise of the late 17th century.
Musick's monument by
Call Number: Con Spec Coll Kohl MT640.2 .M23 1676
Publication Date: 1676
Among the most quoted English language music treatises of the 17th century. It is a conservative defense of the English style that, Mace believed, had reached its zenith in the early 17th century.