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Sources of keyboard music to 1660locked

  • John Caldwell


The following lists include sources up to about 1660, divided into broad geographical areas, and further divided within those areas into manuscript and printed sources arranged chronologically. The geographical divisions are somewhat unequal, section (iii) in particular covering a very wide area; but to separate even Poland from this division would have caused difficulties in connection with sources from such places as Breslau (Wrocław), Danzig (Gdańsk) or Thorn (Toruń), especially with a manuscript actually carrying a German inscription. By and large this division represents the sphere of influence of German organ tablature (old and new), though not all the sources cited make use of it, and there are some exceptional instances of letter notation outside the Germanic sphere. At the other end of the scale is the very small list of sources from the Low Countries, where it was nevertheless felt that this area had to be distinguished from the Germanic on the one hand and from the French on the other. Sources are listed under their area of origin, and not according to their contents nor even by the nationality of their scribe; thus the Netherlands section includes ...

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Oxford, Christ Church Library
Music & Letters
Embrun, Trésor de la Cathédrale
Montbéliard, Bibliothèque Municipale
H.M. Brown: Instrumental Music Printed Before 1600: a Bibliography (Cambridge, MA, 1965)