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

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

We 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 baroque vocal works.

VMII has been featured by the music libraries of Juilliard, Royal Academy of Music (London), Univ. of California (Berkeley), Stanford, Univ. of Michigan, Oberlin, Carleton, Univ. of Texas, Brigham Young, Univ. of Minnesota, Roosevelt, Wittenberg and Tulane.

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Project 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.

Contributors

Emma Clarkson is an arts administrator, stage manager, and amateur baroque violinist. She has a B.A. in English from Yale, where she worked with the Yale Baroque Opera Project and the Tiny Baroque Orchestra of Pierson College. She is currently pursuing a Master’s in Library and Information Science at the University of Washington.

Anne Charrier is a flautist performing on both modern and historical instruments. She studied at the Conservatoire Royal of Brussels, Haute Ecole de Musique of Geneva, and Royal Academy in London. She has performed under Philippe Herreweghe, Christophe Coin, Jordi Savall, John Butt, and others at Wigmore Hall, Philharmonie de Paris, Théâtre du Châtelet, and Victoria Hall.

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Acknowledgments

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

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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!

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