Rescuing Sacred Music of the Renaissance

Renaissance music is being studied in new ways at the Medici Archive Project in Florence, Italy.

A news magazine piece on “Rescuing Sacred Music of the Renaissance” from CBS Sunday Morning features Music and the Medici, a research program of the Medici Archive Project that focuses on recovering and restoring Renaissance music.

The CBS Sunday Morning feature is available for streaming on the CBS News website: [].

The video includes interviews with Mark Spyropoulos (Director of Music and the Medici) and Alessio Assonitis, (Director of the Medici Archive Project).

Renaissance Music from the Music and the Medici Research Program at the Medici Archive Project

The CBS Sunday Morning feature focuses on one facet of the Medici Archive Project’s research, but information on its other research programs and digital humanities projects is available on the Medici Archive Project website.

A manuscript volume from the Mediceo del Principato collection in the Archivio di Stato, Firenze

I have long worked with the Medici Archive Project and am pleased to see this news magazine feature on their ongoing historical research.

I previously served as a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow with the Medici Archive Project (2003-2006) and continue to collaborate with their research team through workshops, conferences, digital humanities projects, and publications. I contributed to the development of the Medici Archive Project Database and the BIA Platform, launched online in 2012. Alessio Assonitis and I co-edited a collective volume, The Grand Ducal Medici and their Archive (1537-1743) (Turnhout: Brepols, 2016). I taught a session at the Medici Archive Project Summer Seminar in Paleography and Archival Studies in summer 2019. More recently, I beta tested the new Medici Interactive Archive (MIA) Platform, launched in Summer 2020 (online at I am currently preparing a paper for an upcoming conference organized by the Medici Archive Project on The Medici and the Perception of Sub-Saharan Africa.

This entry was posted in Archival Research, Art History, Court Studies, Cultural History, Current Research, Digital Humanities, Early Modern Europe, Early Modern World, European History, History in the Media, History of the Book, Italian History, Manuscript Studies, Material Culture, Mediterranean World, Museums and Historical Memory, Music History, Reformation History, Renaissance Art and History, World History. Bookmark the permalink.

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