Talk:Descendi in ortum meum (John Dunstable)
Spelling inconsistency: Hortum vs. Ortum
I usually see it spelled Hortum rather than Ortum (including other scores on CPDL). If both are correct, we should have a redirect so people can find it under either spelling. Otherwise, we should fix the spelling.
- There is no 'H' in Latin. The graphic was adopted from Greek, where it represents a vowel, rather than a consonant. The same goes for J, as you'll find Jerusalem next to Ierusalem. Trying to get Latin spelling consistent is a daunting task, comparable to what Dave is doing to Dowland's English currently. I'd suggest leaving it as it is, with possibly a redirect leaving both options possible. joachim 17:11, 11 August 2008 (PDT)
Sources of this work
This work survives in two fragmentary sources which fortunately show two voices each (British Library Add. 52423 and Canterbury Cathedral PRC 50/5). However the manuscripts are damaged and lack certain parts of the music so any edition is necessarily a reconstruction of the work, though enough exists to stitch up the source material.
None of the above information is in the edition by Sabine Cassola so I have flagged it and provided something on this page. I think it highly misleading to make public an edition of an incomplete work without any indication that it is a reconstruction. All editions should show which sources were used to make them, and highlight anything editorial (reconstructed sections should have brackets around them).