Clori archivio della Cantata italiana - EDITORIAL

15 years after its birth Clori. Archivio della cantata italiana presents itself with new features and a renovated look. The experience gathered over many years and the rapid obsolescence of digital technology persuaded us that a significant restyling was necessary. An impulse to this initiative came from the favor and affection that scholars, performers, and followers have shown to Clori over many years.

The most evident change concerns the new look of the homepage, intended to offer a more user-friendly approach, but the improvements concern the very structure of the resource.

The description of the project has been revised in the light of what has been realized so far thanks to the creation of the Centro Studi sulla Cantata Italiana (CSCI) within the Dipartimento di Storia, Patrimonio culturale, Formazione e Territorio of the University of Rome “Tor Vergata”, which, together with the Società Italiana di Musicologia and the Istituto Italiano per la Storia della Musica, is working to implement the database and to encourage new studies on Italian Cantata, in order to create an efficient connection with the world of music performance.

The most important changes in the database are as follows:

  • the bibliography and discography on the Italian cantata, currently in progress, will be available to the users soon, and it will be continuously implemented;
  • a user guide will supply indications for a more effective search;
  • the “News” section will report our activities, and keep the user updated on new acquisitions;
  • the “News” section will also account for the events of the Festival diffuso della cantata, a network of local festivals that will allow the circulation of cantata performances all over Italy, thus encouraging a wider knowledge of this repertoire, and all other similar initiatives outside the Festival. The aim is the realization of a complete chain that, starting from the study of the manuscript, going through its indexing in the database, realizes itself in a critical edition, to be finally entrusted to the hands (and voices) of the musician for his performance. This path, therefore, testifies a happy encounter between the work of the musicologist, who brings to light otherwise forgotten music, and the practical musicians who concretely give life to this same music through their performances.

Finally, the site has now a full English version.

We will appreciate every suggestions, offers of collaborations, notices of omissions and/or inaccuracies and any information about cantata manuscripts or prints (preferably unknown or absent in other repertoires) to be included in Clori: the homepage gives the addresses where all reports can be sent.

In the new webpage you will find the links to the Facebook pages of Clori and of the CSCI that will keep you updated on oncoming events.