Welcome to Wiki::Score, a platform similar to the Wikipedia for cooperative editing of large scale music scores (eg. operas, symphonies, cantatas etc). Wiki::Score is a wiki which, using the ABC notation for music representation, is primarily intended for publishing modern editions of unknown works buried in music archives. It has emerged from experience in the lab sessions of the Computing for Musicology course of the Music degree of the University of Minho.

The basic principle is that of dividing a large score into a matrix of elementary music cells (eg. the flute part of the first movement of a particular symphony) so that many collaborators can work concurrently on the same source. Matrices have as many columns as sections in the work being edited (eg. an aria of an opera) and as many rows as parts (eg. the soprano part). At any time collaborators can build the score of the section they are editing, modulo selection of the parts of interest, and checking the outcome in Abc, PDF, MIDI etc.

Please see below how to contribute to Wiki::Score.

Wiki::Score finds its early motivation in our aim to contribute to bringing to light the vast number of autograph scores of 17c-18c operas which are kept in Portuguese archives, namely in the Ajuda and National Libraries. Of course, this can be applied to any other sources and funds from anywhere in the world.

Acknowledgements: we acknowledge the fabulous work of Biblioteca Nacional Digital on digital preservation, without which this work would never be possible.

One of our pilot projects is the opera Demetrio a Rodi in the table below. It is made of 41 sections and involves 28 parts (instruments and voices).

Pilot projects

Click a project's Name to have access to its parts matrix:

Name Kind Composer Text Date Archive Source Status Obs. Certified Score
Various works 16/17c church music Manuel Cardoso (1566–1650) Évora, Lisbon, 17c tba
Four Responsories for Matins on Christmas Day 17c church music D. Pedro da Esperança (?-1660) Coimbra, 17c Univ. Coimbra Archives M.M.18, fols. 40-48 nearing completion Hodie Nobis (2nd Response); O Magnum Misterium (4th Response) ; Beata Dei Genitrix (5th Response) ; Beata Viscera Mariae Virgins (7th Response) tba
Sinfonia (in F) baroque symphony Francisco António de Almeida (c1702-?1755) (Wikipedia) Lisbon or Rome, 18c Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek, Dresden nearing completion Sinfonia co., Oboi, Corni, Viola e Basso (…) del Sig.r Almeyda tba
Gloria, Fama, Virtu cantata António Teixeira (1707-1774) (Wikipedia) Lisbon, 18c Biblioteca Nacional Digital, Lisbon nearing completion Cantata a 3 voci concertata con Violini, Obuè Flauti Trombe, e Corni da Caccia: Nº 2 : Gloria, Fama, Virtù / Del Sig. Antonio Teixeira, [1734-1750]. - Manuscript score, 58 f., 21×28 cm tba
Sinfonia in D# a 8 voci symphony Davide Perez (1711-1778) (Wikipedia) 18c Utile Dulci collection, Sweden,%20David nearing completion Sinfonia Nr. 32 Del Sig. Perez tba
Nanetta e Lubino opera buffa (overture) Gaetano Pugnani (1731-1798) (Wikipedia) (Grove) Libretto by Carlo Francesco Badini London, 1769 Utile Dulci collection, Sweden manuscript score: HTML ; parts (original edition, 1769): HTML on-going tba
Demetrio a Rodi opera Gaetano Pugnani (1731-1798) (Wikipedia) (Grove) Libretto by Giandomenico Boggio and Giuseppe Banti Torino, 1789 Biblioteca Nacional Digital, Lisbon on-going 48 p. Libretto Demetrio a Rodi: festa per musica da rappresentarsi nel Regio teatro di Torino per le nozze delle LL. AA. RR. Vittorio Emanuele) by Giandomenico Boggio and Giuseppe Banti. Published by Presso O. Derossi in 1789 tba
Fiat Misericordia church music João de Sousa Carvalho (1745-1798) (Wikipedia) Lisbon, 1794 Biblioteca Nacional, Lisbon PDF nearing completion Fiat Misericordia / Solo de Contralto con Violini, Oboé, Corni, Violi, Fagotti e Bassi / Feito para se cantar na Real Capela de N. S. da Ajuda em dia de S. Silvestre en lugar do Cheio que está na Partitura grande. Pelo Sr. João de Sousa Carvalho / em o ano de 1794 tba
Sacred Works church music António da Silva Leite (1759-1833) starting tba
Tantum Ergo, Kyrie, Gloria e Credo church music João Domingos Bomtempo (1771-1842) (Wikipedia) Lisbon, 1842 Biblioteca Nacional Digital, Lisbon on-going Tantum Ergo, Kyrie, Gloria e Credo escripto, composto e oferecido a S.M.F. El Rei D. Fernando por João Domingues Bomtempo, Anno 1842 tba
A Vivandeira operetta Eduardo Fonseca (1863-1938) Text by A.B. Alves de Lemos Porto, 1913 private archive autograph score: PDF ; vocal parts: PDF ; vocal parts: PDF ; nearing completion Children operetta written for the Asylum of Escola Municipal nr. 1, Porto, where it was performed on the 27th of April, 1913 tba
Verbum caro factum est 16c vocal music Anonymous Liturgic 16c on-going the first Wiki::Score demo

How to contribute

Please send an e-mail to and ask for a user registration for editing current projects. Contributors knowing of other sources which they would like to publish are welcome to send us a link to the source, for the project to be created.

In case you don't know the ABC notation only a mild effort is required to learn its basics. Have a look at the examples in Abc Examples. Link Get Started With Abc will help you to get started. The standard of the notation can be found in Abc Standard.

In case you are familiar with smart editors such as eg. easyABC you can copy the contents of the cell you want to change into the editor, edit it there and paste the outcome back to Wkiki::score.

If you are using Firefox this can be further automated: see How to contribute with EasyABC in 5 steps

Try your first contribution in one of the parts of Pugnani's opera Demetrio a Rodi, for instance - the source is quite readable.

Useful Links



Developers: N. Carvalho, J.J. Almeida, J.N. Oliveira, A. Simões (all DIUM). ABC support: Guido Gonzato (Univ. Verona). Musicologist: Elisa Lessa (ILCH). Technical support: J.L. Faria (DIUM).



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