«Musico Napolitano» is a biographical index dedicated to all music professionals active in the city of Naples between the 16th and 19th centuries. At that time, Naples was indeed a meeting point for musicians coming from different parts of Italy and Europe. The database aims at gathering, extracting, and establishing connections in the great amount of biographical data contained in the various typologies of archival and bibliographical sources dedicated to the history of music and musicians of the Neapolitan viceroyalty. The structure of «Musico Napolitano» is organized in different indexes, including transcribed names, standardized names, institutions and professions. A «fuzzy search» function permits to retrieve data regardless of the different spellings of personal names in historical sources. The project started in 2014 at the University of Fribourg (CH), and it reaches now the first concrete results. Thanks to the digital functionalities it is now possible to add missing pieces to the biographies of musicians; to better interpret the circulation of musicians in the city; to reconstruct the musical activity of some city institutions; to have new data on musical practice in its different forms. The creation of a continually updated index of simple reference, open to further contributors, and giving access to more detailed biographical information for each name, allows to easily map the presence, integration, and mobility of musicians in the urban texture of Naples.

«Musico Napolitano»: Chances and Perspectives of Research for a Neapolitan Biographical Index

Angela Fiore;
2019

Abstract

«Musico Napolitano» is a biographical index dedicated to all music professionals active in the city of Naples between the 16th and 19th centuries. At that time, Naples was indeed a meeting point for musicians coming from different parts of Italy and Europe. The database aims at gathering, extracting, and establishing connections in the great amount of biographical data contained in the various typologies of archival and bibliographical sources dedicated to the history of music and musicians of the Neapolitan viceroyalty. The structure of «Musico Napolitano» is organized in different indexes, including transcribed names, standardized names, institutions and professions. A «fuzzy search» function permits to retrieve data regardless of the different spellings of personal names in historical sources. The project started in 2014 at the University of Fribourg (CH), and it reaches now the first concrete results. Thanks to the digital functionalities it is now possible to add missing pieces to the biographies of musicians; to better interpret the circulation of musicians in the city; to reconstruct the musical activity of some city institutions; to have new data on musical practice in its different forms. The creation of a continually updated index of simple reference, open to further contributors, and giving access to more detailed biographical information for each name, allows to easily map the presence, integration, and mobility of musicians in the urban texture of Naples.
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