(Updated: 1 January 2021)
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This material represents an ongoing effort undertaken over many many years, starting as a 3"x5" card file index back in the early 80's, eventually migrating to databases in CPM, DOS, numerous versions of Windows... and now, finally, the possibility of offering it on the Web.
This discography was devised primarily to account for as many as possible of all documented early music recordings released and serve as a record of and pointer to them. It does not pretend to be a complete and exhaustive description of the contents of every recording, although, as more information becomes available, this is the eventual goal.
In an effort to continually update this information, I am constantly consulting countless sources, borrowing liberally from many other discographers, whose excellent work I would like to commend -- such as Todd Michel McComb and Nicholas S. Lander, along with their respective collaborators, among many others -- all of whom I invite to borrow whatever may be of use from my modest offering here.
The following are some of these sources:
Trevor Croucher, Early Music Discography - From Plainsong to the Sons of Bach - Volume 1: Record Index, London: The Library Association, 1981
James Coover & Richard Colvig, Medieval and Renaissance music on long-playing records, Information Service, 1964
Todd Michel McComb, Early Music FAQ: www.medieval.org
Nicholas S. Lander, Recorder Home Page: www.recorderhomepage.net
Francis F. Clough & G. J. Cuming, The World's Encyclopædia of Recorded Music, London: Sidgwick & Jackson Ltd, 1952 [Supplement 1 - 1950-51; Supplement 2 - 1951-52; Supplement 3 - 1953-55]
Chant Discography.com: www.chantdiscography.com
The AHRC Research Centre for the History and Analysis of Recorded Music: www.charm.kcl.ac.uk
The following notations are used in the "Citations" field of the discography to refer to some of the sources consulted:
PS-, AA-, AN-, ER-, LR-, EB-, LB- – These refer to the corresponding section in Trevor Croucher, Early Music Discography - Volume 1: Record index [i.e., Plainsong, Ars Antiqua, Ars Nova, Early Renaissance, Late Renaissance, Early Baroque, Late Baroque]
WERM[1, 2, 3] – Francis F. Clough & G. J. Cuming, The World's Encyclopædia of Recorded Music, 1952 [Supplement 1, Supplement 2, Supplement 3]
charm – The AHRC Research Centre for the History and Analysis of Recorded Music
The primary focus of this discography is on recordings of musical compositions dating from before approximately 1650, that is to say, primarily pre-Baroque material. The main exception has been the inclusion of early Latin American Colonial-Era Baroque works.
NOTES ON THE ORGANIZATION OF THE DISCOGRAPHY:
(1) This discography is currently being developed in Paradox 9.0 as a fully relational database. Until such a time as it is possible to transfer this functionality to the web, it is being published in a flat-file format.
(2) The recordings listed here are arranged alphabetically by Label name, and within those by manufacturer label number. Label names beginning with lower case or diacritically-marked characters - e.g., "dB Productions", "Éditions Hortus", "Ökotopia Verlag", etc. - appear at the very end of the listings.
To the extent that this information is available, every attempt has been made to provide the following about each recording:
Label Name: The most common name under which the label is listed. There can often be a great deal of confusion, since essentially the same label at times appears under a variety of names. E.g., a recording released under the well-known label "EMI", appears at times as having been released under "Angel", "Electrola", "HMV", "Pathé", "The Gramophone Company", "Odeon", etc.
Prefix: See explanation (3) below.
Manufacturer's Number or Code: See explanation (3) below.
Title of the Recording: This can often vary significantly among releases.
Ensemble(s): Where any are mentioned
Director(s) or Conductor(s) of the Ensemble(s): Where any are mentioned
Performers(s): Where any are mentioned
Recording Medium: CD, DVD, LP, 78, 45, reel-to-reel or cassette tape, etc.
Time of Play: Total length of play.
Other Releases of this Recording (Same or Different Label): If under same label, only alternate prefixes and/or manufacturer's numbers are give. Otherwise, the label is explicitly cited.
Citations made of this recording: References to it in other web sites, books, documents, recordings, etc.
Additional Notes: Any additional relevant information.
(3) Note on Manufacturers' Numbering of Recordings
Because of the whims of the recording industry's chaotic numbering schemes, in order to clarify some of the confusion, I have chosen to isolate the significant portion of the manufacturer's label number and separate it from what I call the Prefix, to avoid needless redundancy and duplications in the listing, as the following example shows:
Take, for instance, the Harmonia Mundi recording titled "Chant Grégorien - Répons et Monodies gallicanes [v. 1]", which is often listed as HMC 90234(CD), but has also been released variously as HMA 190234(CD), HMA 195234(CD), HMD 234(LP), HMU 234(LP), HMC 234(LP), HM 40234(Cassette), HMC 40234(Cassette), and so on. Therefore, in this case, rather than make 8 or more separate entries for what is essentially the same recording, in this discography the recording has been treated as Harmonia Mundi label number "234", with "HMC 90" representing the Prefix of one of the CD releases: "HMC 90234". In the "Other Releases" field appear the alternate Prefixes (e.g., "HMA 190", "HMA 195", "HMD", "HM 40", etc.) and media formats under which that recording has also come out in that label, along with rereleases in other labels and related recordings (e.g., "FSM 53301(L)"; "Ars Nova 6047(L)"; et al.). Compilations which include this recording, as well as other recordings containing excerpts from it, are also cited in this field.