Repertorium is dedicated to preserving and researching all European Classical music but concentrates on two main areas: medieval Gregorian Chant and Baroque and Classical Opera.
European classical music developed out of mediaeval plainchant written for the Roman Rite, promulgated across Europe to unify the continent politically under a single liturgy.
Baroque & Classical Opera
The DIDONE database is a corpus of 3,000 digitised arias from 200 18th-century baroque and classical operas written on texts by the poet and librettist Pietro Metastasio.
Preserving and Digitizing Plainchant
A large portion of the project is dedicated to the preservation and diffusion of plainchant, which, while an essential and worthwhile end in its own right, will meanwhile nourish the project with thousands of hours of audio recordings and millions of notated musical pieces upon which to train its AI systems, accomplishing two complimentary valuable goals for the cost of one.
European musical tradition was fundamentally shaped by the development of liturgical plainchant, from which the first accessible examples of polyphony eventually developed. Many local musical traditions, formal styles, notational systems, and compositional systems evolved from this repertory. The digitisation of this tradition’s performance practice is crucial to its preservation.
Digitising 18th-century baroque and classical opera manuscripts from the DIDONE database.
ERC Didone project has created a corpus of 3,000 digitised arias from 200 opera scores based on the librettist Metastasio’s eight most popular dramas. Arias are solo vocal works sung without chorus but with orchestral accompaniment during an opera. The comparative scrutiny of dozens of different musical settings of the same librettos reveals how composers correlate specific dramatic circumstances and emotions with distinct poetic and musical features. The results apply to three main fields: (i) opera performance; (ii) analysis and interpretation of other types of music; and (iii) composition in several scenarios, from film soundtracks to creation by Artificial Intelligence.