Musicology Department

Ostiglia Application Process

M 603: Codicology and Manuscript Description
Instructor: Prof. Massimo Ossi
Application guidelines

This course will take place at the Greggiati Collection in Ostiglia (Italy). The educational component focuses on teaching students how to work with manuscripts not only as sources of music, but also as material objects.  To this end, the course includes several components: first, the students need the basics of codicology (everything from manuscript construction to handwriting, layout, etc.); they need to be able to analyze the contents of the manuscript, from the music itself to marginalia, so as to catalogue the manuscript and its contents according to the standards established by the Repertoire International des Sources Musicales (RISM).  Finally, because the manuscripts we will be cataloguing are part of a single private collection that has been preserved in its entirety, we will also study selected secondary literature on collecting in general.

The program will tentatively take place in Ostiglia in 2017 (May 8 - June 2).  There will be 6 pre-course sessions in Bloomington during the Spring 2017 semester (dates TBA).

The application is due on December 9th at 5:00 p.m. and should be submitted to Alice Corey in the Musicology Office (M225H), or via email to

Interested students should apply by submitting a brief letter of application (500 words maximum), describing their relevant background (see below) and either a project they might pursue in conjunction with the course (either before its beginning or after its completion) or a statement of how the course will enhance their scholarly and professional experience in the musicology program (this includes those students enrolled in the joint MLS/Musicology program).

In your letter specify if you are planning to take the course for credits and please describe your: 

  • status in the musicology program;
  • knowledge of Italian (including courses or other programs of study);
  • knowledge (if any) of manuscript description, cataloguing, or other library expertise;
  • specific areas of research interest in the general areas covered by the Greggiati collection (18th- and early 19th-century Italian opera and sacred vocal repertory; 18th-19th century instrumental music; history of music theory in printed sources in the 16th and 17th centuries); and
  • prior experience in study abroad programs.

The research project need not be tied to the Greggiati collection (although it may be).