Many manuscripts containing cantatas by Luigi Rossi, now widely dispersed in European libraries, were written in Rome in the second part of the seventeenth century. Their common provenance is established by a detailed study of their repertory, watermarks, bindings, formats, and copyists. The production of these sources, often realized with exquisite workmanship, was stimulated by the European diffusion of the Roman vocal music that of Luigi Rossi and Giacomo Carissimi being the most prominent. These manuscripts continued to circulate in Italy and the rest of Europe into the eighteenth century, and were acquired by people and institutions that played an important role in the creation of the music collections that we know today.
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