As best as possible, accurate dates for composers and text authors are provided. For some composers, especially those less familiar, a brief bio is included.


Editions attempt to recognize and respect textual authenticity. If possible, an authoritative edition(s) was consulted to determine original poetic spellings, punctuation and capitalization. Generally, those original poetic attributes are used unless a composer’s choice to do otherwise seemed essential to the particular setting. Many pdf editions also include the text in poetic form, using appropriate formatting, spacing, and indentation, if possible.

NOTE: These pdf editions are not locked. A performer should be able to copy and paste the poetic form of a text for easy use in a printed program (see Terms of Use).


The part-song of this era is generally thought to be unaccompanied, although some believe evidence exists to suggest piano accompaniment was accepted performance practice. These editions are based on unaccompanied performance practice and few include a piano part- avoiding redundancy and saving page space, on the premise that moderately advanced choirs require fairly limited keyboard assistance. Some original publications include a simple voice-doubling reduction “ad lib”. Those reductions are not included in these editions. If desired, an “ad lib” accompaniment can be created from the open score at the discretion of modern performers. If the original score included an independent accompaniment or “ghost” notes within the voice parts (suggesting an accompaniment was intended), the edition includes a piano part.