Scholars sifting through Bach's pasticcio cantatas and Passion settings discovered how much music Bach had borrowed from Homilius and the utility of a full catalog was recognized--in particular one that includes incipits
and scoring for every movement to aid identifications.
Ainsi ont ete catalogues 20 recueils de musique vocale italienne (71 sur les 73 entres en 1978 avec la dation Chambure sont desormais catalogues), 19 manuscrits de Michel-Richard de Lalande (appartenant au fonds du Concert Spirituel) et completees (notamment par la saisie des incipits
musicaux), l'ensemble des manuscrits de Jean-Philippe Rameau.
There was some disappointment being expressed by visitors that the only page visible was a Canon Table, not one of the decorative incipits
or a carpet page.
If we were to describe the mood of the three cantatas through the textual incipits
, then the "become adept in love" ("Sich uben im lieben") is replaced by "I have enough" ("Ich habe genug"), and "I look forward to my death" ("Ich freue mich aut meinen Tod") is moderated in the introduction to BWV 51 by the exclamation "Exalt in God in all lands" ("Jauchzet Gott in alien Landen").
The author explains each text, and includes both incipits
and colophons of metrological and numerical tables.
The preface also includes a categorized list of technical challenges for each study, and incipits
can be found in the table of contents.
After a long career involved with medieval song (Southern Methodist University) in which she undertook transcription and documentation of roughly 4,500 melodies, Mayer-Martin died in 2009, before completion of her goal of sorting and cataloguing melodies based on their incipits
Combining his own findings with the work of previous scholars, principally Italian musicologists, he then created a database consisting of 1836 records, with links joining the incipits
of each lauda and its secular source.
Each of the four CDs comes in a cover which prints the incipits
of each of the movements contained within: a lovely touch.
Users of the catalogue benefit from indexes of composers, text incipits
, instrumental works, and short titles.
are short extracts of scores, taken from the beginning.
The large volume contains ten separate indexes, far in excess of simply the expected authors, titles, book-artisans, owners, and incipits