baroquemusic.it is a digital collection of modern editions of music from the 17th and 18th century, dedicated to amateur and professional musicians. The scores are transcribed from original printed or manuscript sources using LilyPond, an open source project, to generate urtext editions. Selection of authors and music favors unedited music and less known authors.
Founded in 2005, baroquemusic.it now collects over 650 scores with separate parts and midi files, for over 25000 pages of baroque music. About 6-7 new scores are added every month.
How to get full access
By donating to baroqemusic.it you will get full access to the whole digital archive and support the editor in obtaining manuscripts and ancient printed editions not yet available online, transcribing them into new digital music scores, paying for web development and hosting the website.
The subscription system is pretty simple: choose a €15 or €30 donation from the donation box on the right column of the page and click on Donate to pay with a credit card or you PayPal account. Once the donation is completed, in about 24 hours you will receive a message to the email address used during the payment process. Follow the instructions in the message to activate your account. The account will be valid for 6 months or 1 year, depending on the amount of the donation.
Contributing to the archive
While the edited scores have been frequently reviewed after private and public performances, nonetheless the editor declines any responsibility regarding the accuracy of the published material. Ancient sources frequently include ambiguities and typos and it is not always easy finding an unquestionable interpretation. In addition, there may be transcription mistakes, even if the editor writes LilyPond code with scrupulous patience. The editor is grateful to those who will improve the collection notifying mistakes and erroneous interpretation for future revised editions. Appreciation or critical messages are also encouraged. The editor will publish scores and midi files submitted by the community under the condition that the musical sources are in the public domain and that the score is an urtext transcription with no rights reserved.
About the editor
baroquemusic.it is personally owned, edited, and maintained by Mario Bolognani.
Management consultant and former teacher at the University of Rome “Sapienza”, Mario plays the baroque “flauto traversiere” in "Diletto Barocco", a chamber orchestra in Rome (Italy), whose components are professional and amateur musicians, involved in a project for giving new life to unpublished and/or rarely executed music scores.