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The Museum of Renaissance Music

A History in 100 Exhibits

Vincenzo Borghetti, Tim Shephard (eds)

  • Pages: 532 p.
  • Size:230 x 280 mm
  • Illustrations:11 b/w, 180 col., 6 musical examples
  • Language(s):English
  • Publication Year:2022

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  • ISBN: 978-2-503-58856-8
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A history of Renaissance music told through 100 artefacts, revealing their witness to the priorities and activities of people in the past as they addressed their world through music.


Vincenzo Borghetti is Associate Professor of Music History at the University of Verona. He holds a doctorate in musicology from the University of Pavia-Cremona and in 2007–08 was a fellow of Villa I Tatti, The Harvard University Center for Renaissance Italian Studies in Florence. His research interests are centred on Renaissance polyphony and opera. His essays and articles have appeared in Early Music History, Acta musicologica, Journal of the Alamire Foundation, and Imago Musicae, among other journals, and in several edited collections. In 2019 he was elected to the Academia Europaea.

Tim Shephard is Professor of Musicology at the University of Sheffield. He is the co-author of Music in the Art of Renaissance Italy (Harvey Miller, 2020), as well as numerous other books and essays on Italian musical culture in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. He currently leads the project ‘Sounding the Bookshelf 1501: Musical Knowledge in a Year of Italian Printed Books’, funded by the Leverhulme Trust.


This book collates 100 exhibits with accompanying essays as an imaginary museum dedicated to the musical cultures of Renaissance Europe, at home and in its global horizons. It is a history through artefacts—materials, tools, instruments, art objects, images, texts, and spaces—and their witness to the priorities and activities of people in the past as they addressed their world through music. The result is a history by collage, revealing overlapping musical practices and meanings—not only those of the elite, but reflecting the everyday cacophony of a diverse culture and its musics. Through the lens of its exhibits, this museum surveys music’s central role in culture and lived experience in fifteenth- and sixteenth-century Europe, offering interest and insights well beyond the strictly musicological field.


1) Anon. Parisian, The Lady and the Unicorn: Hearing (c. 1500) (Carla Zecher – Renaissance Society of America)

2) Anon., Johannischüssel: Silence (Germany, last quarter 15th century) (Barbara Baert – KU Leuven)

3) Anon., London, Eglantine Table (c. 1568) (Katherine Bank – New College, Oxford)

4) Anon., England (Nottingham?), Seven-panel framed Altarpiece of the Passion of Christ (c. 1475-1500) (James Cook – University of Edinburgh; Andrew Kirkman – University of Birmingham; Philip Weller(✝) – University of Nottingham)

5) Gumprecht of Szczebrzeszyn, Hanukkah and Purim Songs (Venice, c. 1553-1554) – (Diana Matut – Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg)

6) Hans Ruckers the Elder, Double Virginal (1581) (Moritz Kelber – Universität Salzburg)

7) Arnold Dolmetsch and Roger Fry, Spinet (1918) (Jessica Lee Wood – New York Public Library of the Performing Arts)

8) Baccio Baldini(?), The Seven Planets: Venus (c. 1464) (Tim Shephard – University of Sheffield)

9) The Eton Choirbook (c. 1500) (Magnus Williamson – University of Newcastle)

10) The Saxilby Fragment (c. 1450-75) (Lisa Colton – University of Huddersfield; James Cook – University of Edinburgh)

11) Knife with musical inscription (Italy?, mid-16th c.) (Flora Dennis – Sussex University)

12) Printed paper fan with a poem by Giulio Cesare Croce, (Bologna, late 16th/early 17th c.) (Flora Dennis – Sussex University)

13) Death inventory of George Moncuyt (Rouen, 1557), Emily Peppers (Independent Scholar)

14) Boethius Master, Roman de la Rose: Idleness leading the lover into Déduit’s Garden (France, c. 1460) (Sylvia Huot – University of Cambridge)

15) Arcadia: Battista Guarini, Il pastor fido, Venice, 1602, engraving preceding Act II (Giuseppe Gerbino – Columbia University)

16) Jacques Patin, Sirens, from Balet comique de la Royne (Paris, 1582) (Eugenio Refini – New York University)

17) Palestrina contrafactum in a manuscript of the London Madrigal (18th century) (Samantha Bassler – Princeton University)

18) John Ninian Comper, St Sepulchre Chapel, St Mary Magdalene (London, 1893-4) (Ayla Lepine – Essex University)

19) Milan: Illuminated initial ("S"), with Madonna, angels and the facade of the Cathedral of S. Maria Maggiore (Milan, c. 1490?) (Daniele V. Filippi – Schola Cantorum Basiliensis)

20) Florence: Basilica della Santissima Annunziata (Giovanni Zanovello – Indiana University)

21) Ulrich Baumgartner et al., Pommerscher Kunstschrank (1610-17) (Franz Körndle – Universität Augsburg)

22) Jacobus Finno, Yxi wähä suomenkielinen wirsikiria (Stockholm, 1583) (Sanna Raninen – Uppsala Universitet)

23) Chester: Collegiate Church of St John the Baptist (15th century) (Simon Bate – King’s College London)

24) Anon., Miraris mundum (Prague, 1589) (Katelijne Schiltz – Universität Regensburg)

25) Heaven: Filippino Lippi, Assumption of the Virgin (Rome, 1488-93) (Laura Stefanescu – University of Sheffield)

26) Henri du Tour, Grande Musique typeface (1576-9) (Louisa Hunter-Bradley – Royal Holloway)

27) The Musical Staff: (Image: Savoyard, Chansonnier de Jean de Montchenu ‘Chansonnier Cordiforme’, c. 1475) (Jane Alden – Wesleyan University)

28) Alessandro Pampurino, Ceiling from the Casa Maffi, Cremona (c. 1500) (Tim Shephard – University of Sheffield)

29) Will of (composer?) John Dunstaple of Steeple Morden in Cambridge (copied c. 1500) (Lisa Colton – University of Huddersfield)

30) Peter Flötner, deck of cards with musical scores (Nuremberg: c. 1540) (Christian Leitmeir – University of Oxford)

31) Hans Holbein, Les simulachres et historiees faces de la mort (Lyons, 1538) (Katelijne Schiltz – Universität Regensburg)

32) Francesco Terzio and Tomáš Jaroš, Singing Fountain (Prague, 1564-8) (Scott Lee Edwards – Universität der Musik, Wien)

33) Chansonnier of Margaret of Austria (c. 1516) (Vincenzo Borghetti – Università di Verona)

34) Giovanbattista Giraldi Cinzio, Cleopatra (1543) (Laurie Stras – University of Southampton/University of Huddersfield)

35) Tom Eyen and Peter Cornell, performed by Mary Mitchell, Ode to a screw. From Taking Off, directed by Miloš Forman (1971) (Vincenzo Borghetti – Università di Verona)

36) Das Chorwerk (Wolfenbüttel, 1929-2006) (Pamela Potter – University of Wisconsin--Madison)

37) Stephanus Monetarius, Epithoma utriusque musices practice (Krakow, 1518) (Farkas Gabor Kiss – Eötvös Loránd University)

38) English school, Death and the Maiden, oil on panel (c. 1570) (Katherine Butler – University of Oxford)

39) University of Copenhagen, Ms Rask 98 (written in Iceland c. 1660-70) (Árni Ingólfsson – Iceland Academy of the Arts)

40) Embroidered music partbooks (Innsbruck, c. 1530) (Birgit Lodes – Universität Wien)

41) Albertus Pictor, mural decorations in the church of Härnevi, Sweden (c. 1480) (Mattias Lundberg – Uppsala Universitet)

42) Misericord from the Choirstalls of Château-Gaillon (France, c. 1500) (Frédéric Billiet – Université Paris-Sorbonne)

43) Theodor Graminaeus, Beschreibung derer fürstlicher Güligscher ec. Hochzeit auff dem Schloß zu Düsseldorf (Köln, 1587) (Klaus Pietschmann – Universität Mainz)

44) The division of the octave according to the anon. “Muburak Shah” commentary (c. 1450) (Jeffrey Levenberg – Chinese University of Hong Kong)

45) Madhu Khanazad, Plato playing the portative organ to animals and birds (c. 1595) (Jonathan Katz – St Anne’s College, Oxford)

46) Joris Hoefnagel, View of Granada (c. 1565) (Ascensión Mazuela Anguita – Universidad internacional de La Rioja)

47) Anon. (Netherl.), Virgin and Child with Angels (c. 1470-1500) (M. Jennifer Bloxam – Williams College)

48) Israhel van Meckenem, The Morris Dancers (late 15th c.) (Anne Daye – Historical Dance Society)

49) Tarantism: Giovanni Battista Cavalletto (attr.), Allegory (late 15th c.) (Camilla Cavicchi – Centre d'études supérieures de la Renaissance de Tours)

50) Anon., stećak from the Borje cemetery in Klobuk, western Herzegovina (14th-16th c.) (Zdravko Blazekovic -City University of New York)

51) Josquin, Missa Philippus Rex Castilie (Hercules Dux Ferrarie) (BrusBR MS 9126) (Vincenzo Borghetti – Università di Verona)

52) Liebig Arnhold, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg I (Liebig-Serie 855/1-6, 1912) (Gundula Kreuzer – Yale University)

53) Paraísos Perdidos – Christophorus Columbus, Hesperion XXI dir. Jordi Savall. Alia Vox (2007) (Donald Grieg – Orlando Consort)

54) Music in female cloisters: Daniel Hopfer (1471-1536), Interior of the church of St. Katherin’s in Augsburg (Barbara Eichner – Oxford Brookes University)

55) The Metaphor of the Nude (Titian, Sacred and Profane Love, 1514) (Antonio Cascelli – Maynooth University)

56) The Constance Gradual (c. 1470-73) (Marianne Gillion – KU Leuven)

57) Cosmè Tura, The Annunciation, interior) organ shutters for Ferrara Cathedral, 1469) (Sophia D’Addio – Columbia University)

58) An Expert Singing Voice c. 1600. (Human larynx from Giulio Cesare Casserio, De vocis auditus organis historia anatomica, Ferrara, 1601) (Richard Wistreich – Royal College of Music, London)

59) Figurine of Anne Boleyn with a lute (20th c.) – (Linda P. Austern – Northwestern University)

60) David Munrow, Instruments of the Middle Ages and Renaissance (EMI, 1973 / 1974) (Martin Elste – Staatliches Institut für Musikforschung, Berlin)

61) Music room: Palazzo of Mario Bevilacqua (Verona, 1536-93) (Laura Moretti – St Andrews University)

62) Mus experiences of 4 Japanese boys: Newe Zeyttung / aus der Insel Japonien (Augsburg, 1586) (Kathryn Bosi – Villa i Tatti)

63) Anon., Vergine annunciata (Siena, 15th c.) (Marina Nordera – Université Nice Sophia Antipolis)

64) Assassin's Creed II series (Ubisoft, Playstation/Xbox/PC, 2009–) (Karen Cook – University of Hartford)

65) Le Jardin de plaisance et fleur de Rethoricque nouuellement imprimee a paris (Paris, 1502) (Jane M. Taylor – Durham University)

66) Francesco Colonna(?) Hypnerotomachia Poliphili (Venice, 1499) (Massimo Privitera – Università degli Studi di Palermo)

67) Vihuela (16th c.) (John Griffiths – University of Melbourne)

68) Wolfenbüttel, Main Church (Beatae Mariae Virginis) (Inga Mai Groote – Universität Zürich)

69) Coat-of-Arms of Matthäus Lang von Wellenburg (Elisabeth Gieselbrecht – King’s College London)

70) Bernardino de Sahagún, Psalmodia Christiana (Mexico, 1583) (Lorenzo Candelaria – University of Texas at El Paso)

71) Nobukata, Woman playing a vihuela da mano (Japan, c. 1600) (David R. M. Irving – University of Melbourne)

72) Domenico di Bartolo, Madonna of Humility (c. 1433) (Beth Williamson – University of Bristol)

73) A Musical Commonplace Book (BNF, MS Rothschild 411) (Kate van Orden – Harvard University)

74) Melchior Lorck, A Magnificently Equipped Dromadary With a Timpanist as Rider (1582) (Kate van Orden – Harvard University)

75) Pierre Belon du Mans, Les observations de plusieurs singularitez et choses memorables trouvées en Grèce, Asie, Judée, Egypte, Arabie et autres pays estranges (Paris, 1553) (Carla Zecher – Renaissance Society of America)

76) Street music: Cobles ara nouement fetes de vn caualler y una pastora; son molt gracioses pera cantar y sonar ab les de die me Juliana Pliego suelto (Barcelona, 1566) (Tess Knighton – CSIC, Barcelona)

77) Munich (Image: Bartholomäus Kilian, Devotions before the Mariensäule, c. 1660.) (Alexander Fisher – University of British Columbia, Vancouver)

78) Castle-palace of the Dukes of Alba in the village of Alba de Tormes (15th c.) (Emilio Ros-Fábregas – CSIC, Barcelona)

79) Catafalco de la princesa de Éboli, Pastrana castle (Spain, 16th c.) (Iain Fenlon – Cambridge University)

80) Mass of St Gregory – Spanish painting (c. 1500) (Bernadette Nelson – Universidade Nova, Lisbon)

81) African musicians in Renaissance Portugal (Chafariz d’el Rey, Anonymous Flemish painting, c. 1570-80) (Nuno Mendonça Raimundo – Universidade Nova, Lisbon)

82) Sigismund's Chapel of the Wawel Cathedral in Cracow (1515-1533) (Pawel Gancarczyk – Polish Academy of Sciences)

83) Cathedral of St James in Šibeniik (Croatia) (Ennio Stipčević – Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts)

84) Armenian Psalter (Venice, 1565) (Ortensia Giovannini – Ph.D Rome, La Sapienza)

85) Hussite sacred song (c. 1420) from the Jistebnice Cantionale (Lenka Hlávková-Mráčková – Charles University, Prague)

86) Friedrich Hagenauer, Medal for Ludwig Senfl (Augsburg 1526) (Birgit Lodes – Universität Wien)

87) Prato Haggadah (Sephardic music, Spain, mid 15th c.) (Eleazar Gutwirth – Tel Aviv University)

88) A. Lampadius, Compendium musices (1541) as personalized music textbook (Inga Mai Groote – Universität Zürich)

89) Music in 16th-century Latin America (Felipe Guaman Poma de Ayala, El primer nueva corónica y buen gobierno) (Geoffrey Baker – Royal Holloway)

90) York Minster, Bell-Founder's Window (early 14th c.) (Lisa Colton – University of Huddersfield)

91) Rindentrompete (16th c.), Vienna, Kunsthistorisches Museum (Martin Kirnbauer – Basel University)

92) Valance decorated with a musical scene (16th c.), V&A Museum (Katherine Butler – Oxford University)

93) The Bagpipes (Thomas Fella, A book of divers devises and sorted of pictures c. 1592-8) (John Thompson – Queen’s University Belfast)

94) The Whole Booke of Psalmes, collected into Englysh metre by T. Sternhold J. Hopkins (London,, 1562) (Jonathan Willis – University of Birmingham)

95) Manuscripts containing ancient Greek musical theoretical treatises (Ms Venetus Marcianus Gr. Z. 322 (=711), 15th c.) (Eleonora Rocconi – University of Pavia)

96) Zampolo dalla Viola petitions for Ercole I d’Este (30 January 1490. Modena, Archivio di Stato) (Bonnie Blackburn (Wolfson College, Oxford)

97) Catharina van Hemessen, Young Girl playing the Virginals ( 1548) (Laura Ventura Nieto – Royal Holloway University of London)

98) Bible of Borso d'Este ( Genesis incipit, 1455-61) (Serenella Sessini (University of Sheffield)

99) Singing a love song, from Vintzentzos Kornaro, Erotokritos (London, British Library, Ms, Harley 5644) (Alexandros Hatzikiriakos – Università degli studi di Verona)

100) Mexico City (D. Valades, Rhetorica Christiana, Perugia, 1579) (Javier Marín López – Universidad de Jaén)