The Music Library has an impressive collection of music manuscript facsimiles, including sketchbooks of Beethoven and autographs of Mozart's works, such as his Don Giovanni and his string quartets. Complete works anthologies include the Bach-Gesellschafte and Neue Bach Ausgabe, which were frequently consulted throughout the years of Stony Brook's annual Bach Aria Festival. Other notable complete works editions include Le Opere di Giuseppe Verdi (Ser. 1, v. 18a, Il trovatore, was edited by the SUNY Stony Brook Chair, David Lawton).
Florence, Biblioteca medicea
laurenziana, Med.Pal.87 (Codex Squarcialupi), 216 parchment fly-leaves at the
front, and 5 modern paper fly-leaves (3 at the front, 2 at the back). 18 gatherings of 3 to 10 bifolia each. Possibly all in one hand, or in two to three
very similar hands. Date and provenance
1415-1419 (von Fischer) or not before 1440 (Pirotta); from Florence: the miniatures were certainly produced at the
Florentine monastery of S Maria degli
Angeli, the MS was perhaps compiled by Paolo da Firenze (von Fischer); it was in the possession of
Antonio Squarcialupi in the 15th century, passed thereafter
presumably to his son and thence certainly via his uncle R. Bonamici to
giuliano Medici (1512-13) and from there to the Biblioteca Medicea
Contents: 354 pieces, of which two appear twice: 115 madrigals, 12 cacce, 227 ballatas. Date of music: 1340-1415. Composers: the pieces are arranged in chronological order by composer: Giovanni da Cascia (12), Jacopo da Bologna (28), Gherardello da Firenze (16), Vincenzo da Rimini (6), Lorenzo da Firenze (17), Donato da Cascia (15), Niccolo da Perugia (36), Bartolino da Padova (37), Landini (146), Egidius and Guilielmo de Francia (5 in all), Zacar (7), Andreas de Florentia (29); 16 folios have been left blank to accommodate the music of Paolo da Firenze between Lorenzo and Donato, and 23 folios for that of Jovannes Horganista de Florentia at the end. A portrait of each composer appears with the ascription of his works.
de Compostela, Biblioteca de la Cathedral, without shelfmark (Codex
Calixtinus). Date and provenance: 1173, Arnaldus de Monte, monk of Ripoll, made
a copy in
Book 2: Miracles of St. James
Book 3: Legend of St. James
Book 4: Book of the pseudo-Turpin
Book 5: description of the roads to
A 12th century parchment manuscript meas. 295 x 210 and containing 196 folios. This volume contains sermons and liturgical offices in honor of St. James (book 1), miracles of St. James (book II), an account of the translation of St. James from Jerusalem to Galicia (book III), and a guide for the pilgrim (book V). The notation is Aquitanian. As in the St. Martial sources, the polyphony is usually on two staves divided by a wavy red line. The twelve staves per page are divided into six systems, and bar-lines simplify the reading of the score notation.