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Books/Manuscript: (UK) Cardiff University News: "Rare Renaissance musical treasures discovered" (06 June 2016)

Contributed by admin on Jun 13, 2016

"Dr Peter Leech, Associate Lecturer at the School of Music, recently made an exciting discovery while researching at Ushaw College Library, near Durham.

Hunting for eighteenth-century sacred music by Italian composers (a search which also proved fruitful), Dr Leech found, tucked between weighty ecclesiastical tomes in the Lisbon College Archive, a single volume containing the first editions, bound together, of two landmark Renaissance musical treatises, De Harmonia Musicorum (Milan, 1518) by Franchinus Gaffurius (1451-1522) and Musica Theorica (Venice, 1529) by Lodovico Fogliano (c.1475-1542). ...

... Discussing his discovery, Dr Leech said: "Further research may reveal how these works found their way to Lisbon College (founded in 1624) and whether they formed part of a hitherto dispersed music collection. ..."

Visit the Cardiff University website to read the full details of the discovery.