POPP: Parsing Ottaviano Petrucci’s Prints explores what it means to read the arcane notation and page designs of 16th-century music. With a focus on the frottola (song) books of the first music printer, Ottaviano Petrucci, POPP illustrates applications of 16th-century music theory, pedagogy, and printing practices to this repertory, together with research about the history, performance practices, and patronage of these songs and the people who created them. This project was a learning exercise, enabling the POPP Team to learn how to design databases that would respond to questions about history and aesthetics. The data sets are purposefully small, and the Data Trials demonstrate proof-of-concept.
Much of what we do in IDEA is to build bridges across disciplines, creating projects where scholars, artists, and performers in a variety of fields contribute their expertise toward a common goal. Thus, IDEA’s research teams include Italian scholars as well as Americans, experts in Italian literature, ceramics, archival studies, early printing, music history, and performance. The research that has gone into Parsing Ottaviano Petrucci’s Prints encompasses a variety of materials as well; seven Collections comprise our database: a documents Archive, Events, Library, Objects, People, Places, and Repertory. In the DH Press visualizations, data records are classified by Collection, a classification that is often used to sort, filter, or color-code information.
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