The Marenzio Project aims at making available for the first time, and online, a complete critical edition of the secular music of Luca Marenzio (ca. 1553-1599), one of the most important composers of the European Renaissance. The edition is termed Marenzio Online Digital Edition (MODE). An international research group has been working on MODE since 2005.
In July 2011 the Project was awarded a three-year grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (U.S.A.) as part of the "Scholarly Editions and Translations" program. The edition is also supported by the Gabe M. Wiener Music & Arts Library and by the Center for Digital Research and Scholarship at Columbia University in New York City. The Editorial Board of MODE is grateful to NEH and to Columbia University for their generous support.
The Editorial Board of MODE consists of seven specialists in various disciplines: philology and critical editing (concerning both musical and poetic sources), computer science, technologies and history of printing, music theory, and early modern music history.
Celebrated by his contemporaries and admired across Europe, Marenzio (ca. 1553-1599) was perhaps the most important composer of madrigals and canzonettas of the late Renaissance. His reputation was unrivaled and his output had a great impact on early modern European culture. His music contributed to the dissemination of the works of poets such as Petrarch, Tasso, and Guarini throughout Europe, thanks to a series of commercially successful publications of madrigals and canzonettas issued by publishers in Venice, Rome, Antwerp, Nuremberg, and Paris.