Indiana University - Jacobs School of Music - Center for the History of Music Theory and Literature

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Giuliano Di Bacco, Project Director (2019-)

Indiana University

This project was initiated in 1998 at Indiana University by Andreas Giger (now at Louisiana State University), who ran it until 2018, maintained at the Jacobs School of Music Center for the History of Music Theory and Literature. It was designed to extend the Thesaurus Musicarum Latinarum by making available and searchable texts on music theory and literature written in Italian.

In 2015, the software operating the original search utility was the object of a malicious cyberattack, and had to be shut down. In 2017, the website was restored to its original layout and functionality with a new search utility. In 2019, redevelopment of the project has started with the goal of making this part of a new searchable archive of historical music theory texts in the vernacular languages.

For more information about this website, its current scope and content, please consult the Introduction to Saggi musicali italiani. For more information about the future of the project, email



The data contained in Saggi musicali italiani (hereafter SMI) is made available to scholars for non-commercial educational use and scholarship. It has been compiled from public domain and copyrighted materials. Copyrighted materials have been included in SMI by permission of the copyright holders, who reserve all rights to their materials. The Center for the History of Music Theory and Literature claims copyright on the compilation, the encoding system, the Introduction, the SMI Canon, and all individual text and graphics files created and edited by the SMI staff from public domain material. SMI believes that non-commercial use of SMI by scholars in searching for words and phrases would constitute "fair use" under the law. Nevertheless, the users of SMI are individually responsible for insuring that their own use of these materials does not violate the rights of any third parties. Neither Louisiana State University, Indiana University, the SMI Project Director nor any member of the SMI staff shall be responsible for any improper or unlawful use of the materials contained in SMI.