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Database of compositions Clavis nigra

An on-line database of polyphonic compositions from Bohemical sources of the 15th and 16th centuries in black mensural notation.

The Clavis nigra (Black Key) database captures polyphonic music from sources of the Czech lands, recorded mostly by means of black mensural notation. Work on the database relied on a manuscript - a catalogue of polyphonic music penned by a leading musicologist, doc. PhDr. Jaromír Černý, CSc. Compositions can be searched for by parts of title or melodic code. For each entry found, the textual incipit of the composition, location within the source (signature, folio), type (motet, song, number of voices) and melodic code are displayed. The entries are accompanied by scans of Jaromír Černý's catalogue cards.

  • Person responsible for administration of information source
    Jiří Žůrek (zurek@ics.cas.cz)
  • Current content of information source
    1,936 catalogue entries
  • Listings have associated digital objects
    Yes
  • Format of digital objects
    pdf

Online access: http://www.clavmon.cz/clavis_nigra/index.htm

Author/administrator of source:
Institute of Philosophy of the CAS, v. v. i.

Availability:
online

Type of resource:
database

Subject:
musicology

Keywords:
catalogues of musical compositions