How to Use the FTCO

For the explanation of terms and concepts used in the FTCO, see Definitions, Explanations and Abbreviations.

COMPOSITIONS
How to find a specific composition.
How to find a set of compositions with specified properties, such a specific genre, instrumentation, and/or key.
How to see a list of all compositions.
How to find a composition by its F number, or see a list of all compositions in an F category (e.g., F 1.xx).
How to change the sorting order of the rows in a list.
How to see the thematic incipit of a composition.
How to see the thematic incipits of a set of compositions.
How to see more detailed information regarding a composition, such as authenticity status (whether Frescobaldi really is the composer, and if not, who might be), sources, editions, and bibliography of literature.
How to print out a thematic incipit.

SOURCES
How to find a specific source.
How to see a list of all sources.
How to find more detailed information regarding a source, including its full title, date and provenance, editions and facsimiles of the entire source, literature, and the compositions by Frescobaldi it contains.
How to find sources originating in a specific period.
How to find more information on the Canonical Keyboard Publications, including a summary of their publication history and a list of related manuscripts.

EDITIONS, FACSIMILES, AND LITERATURE
How to find the full citation of a modern or facsimile edition.
How to see a list of all modern and facsimile editions.
How to find the items by a specific author in the bibliography.
How to see the entire bibliography of literature.


COMPOSITIONS
How to find a specific composition in the FTCO (in order to obtain more information about it).
  • On the Navigation Panel on the left, click Search Composition.
  • Enter what you know about the work’s title in the Title window; the title does not need to be complete. If there are several works with the same or similar title, you may want to use additional field windows, such as Main Source, Key/Signature and/or Instrumentation (and be sure that the “if all fields match” button is checked). Some of these have pop-up windows to facilitate your choices.
  • Clicking on the Search button will produce the Compositions Found screen with a list of the works that match your search criteria, along with a few of their properties.
  • Clicking on a title will produce the View Compositions screen with the work’s thematic incipit.
  • Clicking on the Details tab will produce further details about the work, including lists of its sources, modern editions and facsimiles, and literature.
  • Clicking on an underlined item, such as the short title of a source, edition, or reference will produce an information screen on the item.
  • To return from the View Compositions screen to the Compositions Found screen, click on Compositions Found in the Navigation Panel
How to find a set of compositions with specified properties, such a specific genre, instrumentation, and/or key (e.g., for the purpose of identifying an anonymous work, or for a stylistic study).
  • On the Navigation Panel on the left, click Search Composition.
  • Specify the properties of interest, for example: genre, instrumentation, and or key (and be sure that the “if all fields match” button is checked).
  • Clicking on the Search button will produce a list of all the works in the FTCO that match your search criteria, presented in groups of 25. You can ask for a display of 10, 50, 100, or Max (all) instead, but a larger number records will take an appreciably longer time to download.
How to see a list of all compositions included in the FTCO.
  • On the Navigation Panel on the left, click Browse Composition. This produces the Compositions List screen with all the works in the FTCO database in groups of 25. To see the entire list of all compositions at once, go to the Search Compositions screen, leave all the Search Fields blank, set the Display Records pop-up menu at Max, and click on the Search button. It will take some time for the nearly 900 records to download.
How to find a composition by its F number, or see a list of all compositions in an F category (e.g., F 1.xx). (F numbers correspond to various categories of works; see The F numbers.)
  • On the Search Compositions screen, enter in the "F Contains" window a space, followed by the number of interest, followed by a dot. Do not include the letter "F" in the window. For instance, [space] 2. will produce a list beginning with F 2.01, F 2.02, etc., corresponding to all the pieces in Vol. 2 of the OC. The leading space prevents the inclusion of numbers like 12.01, 12.03, etc. Alternatively, you can set the "Contains" pop-up menu to "Begin With" which will make the inclusion of a leading space unnecessary.
How to change the order of the rows in a list.
  • Clicking on the underlined header of a column will sort the rows in alphanumeric ascending order of the items in that column. Clicking a second time will sort them in descending order. With a long list, the sorting may take a little time.
How to find the thematic incipit of a composition.
  • After you have located the work in a list (see, for instance, “How to find a specific composition”), click on its underlined title. This will produce the View Composition screen, with the incipit.
How to see the thematic incipits of a set of compositions (if, for instance, you are trying to identify a work from its opening).
  • Obtain a list of the compositions by specifying its properties (see “How to find a set of compositions with specified properties”).
  • Click on the first title on the list. This will produce its incipit.
  • Click on the Next button on the upper right.
  • Continue clicking on the next button to see the incipits of the successive compositions in the set.
How to see more detailed information regarding a composition, such as authenticity status (whether Frescobaldi really is the composer, and if not, who might be), sources, editions, and bibliography of literature.
  • After having reached the View Composition screen with the thematic incipit (see “How to find the thematic incipit of a composition,” above), click on the “Details” tab on the upper left. Clicking on the adjacent “Thematic Incipit” tab will return you to the incipit.
How to print out a thematic incipit.
  • On the View Composition screen showing the incipit, click on the “View larger” link below the incipit. This will produce a screen showing only the incipit (on a new tab in your browser, if it is set up for tabs).

SOURCES
How to find a specific source.
  • On the Navigation Panel on the Left, click Search Sources
  • In either the Short Title or the Full Citation field enter words from the title, such as name of the city (in English) and/or the library (in the local language), and the call number, which produces a list of sources satisfying the specified criteria. Using the Full Citation is generally more likely to yield good results, unless the source has a well-known nickname, such as “Bauyn MS.” The title entered in the Full Citation field does not need to be complete (provided the pop-up menu is set at “Contains”). Common abbreviations like MS, Ms. and mus. are best omitted, and the call number may be all that is needed. For printed sources words from the title may be sufficient; when there are several editions, the year of publication in parentheses can be added. Alternatively, one could scan the complete Source List; see below.
How to see a list of all sources.
  • On the Navigation Panel on the left, click on Browse Sources. This produces a list of all sources alphabetized by their short titles. You can change the source order by clicking one of the headers. The sources are presented in groups of 25; clicking on the Next or Previous buttons above or below the list will produce the next or previous group. If you want to see more than 25 records at the time, use the Search Sources screen, set the Display pop-up menu at the value you prefer ("Max" for all records), and leave all fields blank, which is equivalent to browsing all sources.
How to find more detailed information regarding a source, including its full title, date and provenance, editions and facsimiles of the entire source, literature, and the compositions by Frescobaldi it contains.
  • After locating the short title of the source in the Source List (see How to Find a Specific Source), click on the underlined short title of the source. This produces a screen with information on the source, including lists of its content, limited to works by Frescobaldi or contained in the FTCO database. For sources related to Frescobaldi’s Canonical Keyboard Publications (such as manuscripts whose contents were copied from those publications), the detailed contents are generally not listed unless the copies date from before c. 1650.
How to find sources originating in a specific period.
  • On the Navigation Panel on the left, click on Search Sources.
  • In the Time Frame pop-up menu select the desired time period. This produces a list of all the sources dating to this period.
How to find more information on the Canonical Keyboard Publications, including a summary of their publication histories and lists of related manuscripts.
  • On the Navigation Panel on the left, click on Browse Canonical Pubs. This produces a list of the seven canonical publications.
  • Click on the publication of interest. This produces a screen with details on the publication, including modern and facsimile editions, literature, the publication history of the successive original editions, and a list of related manuscripts.

EDITIONS, FACSIMILES, AND LITERATURE
How to find the full citation of a modern or facsimile edition.
  • On the Navigation Panel on the left, click on Search Modern Editions.
  • On the Search Modern Editions screen enter words from the title of the edition, the name of the editor, and/or the publisher. (As with all Search Screens, not all of these need to be provided.)
How to see a list of all modern and facsimile editions.
  • On the Search Modern Edition screen, click Search without filling any of the search fields.
How to find the items by a specific author in the bibliography.
  • On the Navigation Panel on the left, click on Search Literature.
  • On the Search Literature screen enter the name of the author.
How to see the entire bibliography of literature.
  • On the Search Literature screen, click Search without filling any of the search fields.