The new digital edition of Tinctoris goes online

The project team (Ronald Woodley, Jeffrey J. Dean, David Lewis) are delighted to announce that the web site of the new edition of Tinctoris’s theoretical writings is now open for public use. You are invited to start exploring the edition and learning its capabilities.

At the time of opening, the edition comprises two of Tinctoris’s twelve treatises: De notis et pausis (On notes and rests) and De imperfectione notarum (On the imperfection of notes). For each, a critical edition of the Latin text and a careful English translation are available, together with meticulous transcriptions of each individual source. User-selected options allow a text-critical apparatus or different punctuation systems to be displayed as desired. The site will eventually include a good deal of interpretative material, beginning with an article by Ronald Woodley on “Syncopated imperfection and alteration in Tinctoris’s theoretical writings”. We intend in due course also to provide digital facsimiles of the sources.

We expect to be able to add a finished edition and translation (with source transcriptions) of De punctis (On dots) very soon; a draft edition and translation (and transcriptions) of De inventione et usu musice (On the invention and use of music) will appear before the end of 2013, although it will then take some time to polish these. (One of the advantages of electronic publication is that it is possible to update texts as needed.) In the new year we intend to address De arte contrapuncti (On the art of counterpoint) and other texts.

The team will use this blog to keep users informed of progress on the edition. We intend soon to provide also a user forum, where users can initiate conversations with the project team and with one another; in the short term, we hope users will comment on the blog to let us know their reactions. We want to respond to users’ experience to make the edition and the site as useful as they can possibly be. Tell us what you like and don’t like, features you want to see, which treatises you want to have available soonest, ways you want to use the site that we haven’t yet provided for, you name it. Please follow our Twitter account, @EarlyMusTheory, or subscribe to the RSS feed from the blog, (or rss2, atom, rdf), to stay abreast of future developments.

The edition is funded at present by the Arts & Humanities Research Council UK, and the team is based at Birmingham Conservatoire (Birmingham City University). The project has grown out of the ongoing research of its Principal Investigator, Ronald Woodley, into the life and works of Tinctoris. We hope to secure funding for a follow-on project once the current project is complete.

Ronald Woodley