Second session of the Digital Humanities in Early Music Research series – Online event organised by the Masaryk Institute and Archives, Charles University Faculty of Arts, Institute of Musicology, Prague
Dr Elsa De Luca has been invited to give a research seminar on the Portuguese Early Music Database and lead two workshops on the Music Encoding Initiative (with Martha E. Thomae, McGill University) in the second session of the Digital Humanities in Early Music Research series – Online event organised by the Masaryk Institute and Archives, Charles University Faculty of Arts, Institute of Musicology, Prague, Czech Republic.
Monday June 29, 2020 – Project presentation by Elsa De Luca
The ‘Portuguese Early Music Database’
This presentation introduces a large project on Digital Humanities started about ten years ago by Manuel Pedro Ferreira at the NOVA University of Lisbon. The ‘Portuguese Early Music Database’ (http://pemdatabase.eu/) is a digital library of Iberian (mainly Portuguese) manuscripts with musical notation written before c. 1650. In PEM every manuscript is given in full-color reproduction accompanied by a codicological description. Additionally, the musical contents of all fragments—and a selection of codices with monophonic or polyphonic music as well—are fully indexed. Crucially, plainchant in PEM is indexed following the ‘Cantus Index’ system (http://cantusindex.org/) and, as such, the PEM Database is connected to other international medieval music databases by means of unique Cantus ID numbers. I will discuss the search capabilities of PEM, its contents, and all the challenges related to the development and implementation of such a unique project in early music.
Wednesday June 24, 2020 – Elsa De Luca, Martha E. Thomae
Workshop I: Introduction to MEI
General introduction to MEI (Music Encoding Initiative) and the elements and attributes of the Neumes and Mensural modules.
Tuesday June 30, 2020 – Elsa De Luca, Martha E. Thomae
Workshop II: Hands-on MEI Encoding
Presentation of MEI encoding for chant and mensural notations from different areas of Western Europe. Followed by an open discussion of coding examples of the Jistebnický Kancionál manuscript.