Early Music Theory

The Early Music Theory website was founded by Ronald Woodley in 2013 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.

This open-access resource is intended to be 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.

Johannes Tinctoris

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.

The Complete Theoretical Works of Johannes Tinctoris

A digital edition of Tinctoris’s complete music-theoretical writings.

The Complete Practical Works of Johannes Tinctoris

A forthcoming digital edition of Tinctoris’s complete musical compositions.

Johannes Tinctoris and Music Theory in the Late Fifteenth Century: Essays and Studies, ed. Christian Goursaud and Ronald Woodley

An edited collection of essays and studies addressing aspects of Tinctoris's output and impact.

Miscellaneous articles and papers

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.

Research Excellence Framework 2021

Some of the material on this project site has been submitted to the UK Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021. See notes on REF 2021.

Ronald Woodley
EMT Founding Director

December 2020

Emeritus Professor of Music
Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
Birmingham City University
200 Jennens Road
Birmingham B4 7XR

Opening from de diversis monochordis etc
An opening from De diversis monochordis etc. in Ghent, Universiteitsbibliotheek, MS 70, copied in Ghent by Anthony van Sint-Maartensdijk, before 8 November 1503.