Tag Archives: C16 music

Renaissance musical treasures at the Pendlebury Library of Music

In the Pendlebury Library collection there are three printed books particularly representative of musical culture in sixteenth century Italy. They concern respectively music theory, musical pedagogy, and polyphony. The oldest of them is the treatise Musica Theorica by Ludovico Fogliani, published … Continue reading


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Tudor Treasures

As part of Open Cambridge next week (12-13 September), the University Library will be hosting a Tudor Treasures tour. (It’s currently fully booked, but check the UL’s Facebook page just in case any cancellations occur). I was asked to look out some … Continue reading

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From the Chrysanthemum Pavilion

Some of the most interesting and unusual items in the music collections are those that have been donated. These come from many sources, and cover all types of music. Some of the rarest material is in the Laurence Picken collection. … Continue reading

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A Librarian needs your help

Last week I suggested that Librarians might be able to help. This week, it’s time for me to ask you to help us; or, more precisely to assist one of my colleagues who is cataloguing incunabula at Cambridge University Library. … Continue reading

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The Peterhouse Partbooks : music at Cambridge in the early seventeenth century

The survival of 18 manuscript choir partbooks in the library of Peterhouse is an extraordinary historical and musicological tale. What they are, where they came from, and how they survived was the subject of a fascinating conference at the beginning … Continue reading

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