Amherst Early Music publishes four player-friendly editions of music. The books lie flat on the music stand and the pieces have no page turns. The repertoire is accessible and playable for a number of different instruments, and is not available in other modern editions. All four are important musical sources that tell us a lot about historical practices at the time they were written or printed.
New Publication - JUST ARRIVED! Petrucci’s Canti B Numero Cinquanta (Venice, 1502)
Canti B followed Harmonice Musices Odhecaton A as the second book in Petrucci’s three-volume series of collections of Franco-Flemish songs and instrumental works. AEM’s new 2021 edition marks the 500th anniversary of the death of master composer Josquin des Prez, whose pieces appear in Canti B along with those of Obrecht, Japart, Compère, Brumel, and others. The collection includes fifty-one pieces for three to six parts, mostly untexted and mostly secular. The new AEM edition was a pandemic project for music editor Daniel Stillman. World-renowned musicologist and Josquin scholar David Fallows served as general editor, and wrote a commentary for each piece, an introduction, and an appendix with “A Word on Accidentals” and his own versions of four pieces. Several of the pieces have canons between two or more parts, and these appear alongside the pieces as puzzles that can be resolved by the players if they wish. As with all AEM editions, the book is designed with minimal page turns and beautifully legible scores. Parts for longer pieces are included in the volume. Price: $50. Click here to order!
Harmonice Musices Odhecaton A
Second Revised Edition, 2005 This landmark collection of 96 pieces in three to five voices by Josquin, Isaac, Compère, Agricola, and others, was the first printed book of polyphonic music, originally published by Ottaviano Petrucci in Venice (1501). Edited by a team of specialists in Renaissance music, with notes by general editor David Fallows. 190 pages. $50 Click here to order!
Music for the Duke of Lerma
Newly Revised Fourth Edition 2012. The first modern edition of the music of the Archivo de San Pedro de Lerma, ms. mus.1, presents a fascinating look into the repertoire of the church wind band in Lerma, Spain, ca. 1600. This carefully prepared edition includes music by Guerrero, Lobo, Rogier, and others, and features critical notes, concordances, bibliography, appendices, and a highly informative preface dealing with issues of performance practice in early 17th-century wind music. Douglas Kirk, general editor. 217 pages. $55 Click here to order!
Music from the Regensburg Partbooks 1579
The set of six manuscript partbooks known as Regensburg, Bischöfliche Zentralbibliothek, Ms. A.R. 775-777 is one of the most significant sources of vocal music selected and copied for instrumental ensemble in the second half of the sixteenth century. It is unique in containing specified instrumentations—almost certainly written by the original wind players who played from the books—for nearly half of its 120 compositions. The composers represented are some of the greatest names of the century. However, most of the works have never before been made available to modern performers. This edition presents the pieces with specified instrumentation in a format inspired by the original partbooks, with an accompanying score volume on a thumb drive in which the texts have been restored and underlaid to allow performance by either voices or instruments. Edited by Douglas Kirk, David Klausner, and Daniel Stillman. $75 Click here to order!