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Cantigas de Santa Maria for Singers
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Complete lyrics and music with index, syllable marking, pronunciation, concordance, Q&A and resources
Complete lyrics and music with index, syllable marking, pronunciation, concordance, Q&A and resources

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Apologies for the v e r y slow rate of progress with the website in the last few months. This has been mainly due to me having a lot more paid software development work to attend to than before—but one does have to earn some money from time to time, alas! Anyway, I have today finally got around to fixing some of the errata that were logged back in September. See the What's New? page for more information... 

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Just finished another release of the CSM for Singers website. The main new feature is an Errata system which will let me log mistakes in website content quickly and easily between releases. I have also fixed a couple of textual problems, included a few new bits in the Pronunciation guide and added three more directly cited works to the References and Bibliography page. As always, the What's New? page has the details...

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The new "non-mensural round notation" view of the music is now available on the Cantigas de Santa Maria for Singers website. See the What's New? summary as usual, and do have a read of the updated notes on "Using the music transcriptions" (under the "Performance" menu)—it's really quite interesting.

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A new "Performance View" of the music transcriptions is now available on the Cantigas de Santa Maria for Singers website, along with some extra supporting materials. As usual, the "What's New?" page summarizes the changes, so take a look!

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Did you know that nearly 200 typographical errors in the second edition of Walter Mettmann's transcription of the text of the Cantigas de Santa Maria weren't present in the first edition published twenty years earlier? No, neither did I until recently. See the "What's new?" entry for this month's site update for more details...

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Latest update to the Cantigas de Santa Maria for Singers website: direct links from cantiga pages to Oxford CSM Database records, by kind permission of the Oxford project team. Plus a few other changes and fixes, as always. See the "What's New?" page...

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Another update to the website has now gone live: this time, I have added a list of Cantigas by length, along with some interesting statistics and rough indications of performance times for each Cantiga. See the "What's New?" page for more details.

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The new website design has just been rolled out, giving the pages a fresh look and lots of usability improvements. Please take a look at the "What's New?" page and let me know how you get on with the new features!

Continuing the subject of Internet Explorer: I have only just seen IE10's rendering of the musical notation on the CSM for Singers website (which uses SVG, Scalable Vector Graphics). Whereas in IE9 these looked great—more or less indistinguishable from their appearance in Firefox, Chrome and Opera—in IE10 they look dreadful: neume heads that are supposed to be identical come out in all shapes and sizes, and the drawing of fine vertical lines (which are rather important) is absolutely rubbish, to the point where they are sometimes missing altogether.

Goodness knows how much time I'll have to sink into fixing what Microsoft has broken. In the meantime, I can only suggest using something other than IE10 if you're working with the music—Andrew.

A quick question for the User Community: there's a very good chance that the next release of the CSM for Singers website will be completely unusable in Internet Explorer 7 unless I spend an inordinate amount of time on backward compatibility. Does anybody here care, or are you all using proper modern browsers by now? There won't be any problems in recent versions of Firefox, Opera, Chrome, or IE10, and everything that currently works in IE8 and IE9 will continue to do so. So you only need to reply if you're using IE7 and are concerned.Thanks—Andrew
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