Early Music Theory
The Early Music Theory website has been set up as an evolving scholarly resource dedicated to a variety of issues relating to the notation and intellectual context of music in the medieval and early modern period, as well as to the inter-relationships between these issues and musical performance and composition.
We hope that this open-access resource will gradually become an online focus for a wide range of high-quality material relevant to musicologists, historians and performing musicians with a serious interest in such areas of study. If you are involved, either as an academic researcher or musical practitioner, in areas of early music that impinge especially on theory and notation, or their wider historical, compositional or performance contexts, and you wish to propose material for inclusion on this site, please feel free to contact us.
The first theorist to inhabit this space is the fifteenth-century musician and lawyer Johannes Tinctoris (c. 1435-1511), whose life and works have been the subject of the ongoing research of the site’s founding editor, Ronald Woodley. A new edition of Tinctoris’s complete theoretical writings is being constructed here, resulting from a project funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council UK and developed by a research team from Birmingham Conservatoire (Ronald Woodley, Jeffrey Dean and David Lewis).
The legacy version of the Tinctoris project, hosted by The Stoa Consortium, is still available, but in due course it will be subsumed completely within the new site.
Professor Ronald Woodley
Birmingham City University
Birmingham B3 3HG