“An invaluable resource for amateurs and professionals in search of repertoire!”
  – Diapason Magazine

VMII lets you search thousands of movements of early vocal music by instrumentation, text, key, meter, range, and occasion.

Our cataloguers start with facsimiles or critical editions and work one movement at a time, noting original instrument designations (including continuo and dessus), historical versions, and editorial suggestions. Many entries include include texts, keys, meters, and ranges, which are all searchable.

VMII began as a pandemic project with the cataloguing of the complete vocal works of JS and CPE Bach. The site now includes thousands of movements of a variety of early vocal works.

VMII has been featured by the music libraries of Juilliard, Royal Academy of Music, Yale, Curtis, Univ. of California (Berkeley), Stanford, Univ. of Michigan, Oberlin, Univ. of Helsinki, Carleton, Univ. of Texas and Brigham Young.

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Special thanks to those who kindly offered financial donations: Andrea LeBlanc, Kathleen McDonald, William Stewart, and anonymous others. We use your contributions exclusively to cover server costs and purchase scores to catalogue. Thank you!

Founder & Lead

Baritone Ben Kazez has performed as soloist in Europe and the US under Václav Luks, Christian Curnyn, Dame Sarah Connolly, and Mark Padmore. He has sung in Ghislieri Coro e Orchestra (Giulio Prandi) and the Monteverdi Choir (Sir John Eliot Gardiner) at the Salzburg Festival, BBC Proms Royal Albert Hall, Vienna Musikverein, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, and Berlin Philharmonie.


Our Handel Opera Team includes an anonymous volunteer, as well as Daniel Kazez, Oliva Clayton, Emma Clarkson, and Anne Charrier.

Team Buxtehude includes Pedro Pastor, Nelia Marie Koontz, Mya Ballin, Sacha Schneider, Virginia Schneider, Jordan Good, and May Robertson.

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Thanks to Katie Boardman, Robert Bringhurst, Vijay Chalasani, Olivia Clayton, Pamela Dellal, Martin Dittmar, Colin Donihue, Daniel Kazez, Michelle Koth, Steve Marquardt, Brian Mason, Catriona McDermid, Charlotte Nediger, the Packard Humanities Institute, Emma Seibert, Andrew Wong, and everyone else who has helped!

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