Musicological research at the German Historical Institute in Rome is aligned on international cooperation. In addition to the series Analecta musicologica, the research has found its way since 1975 into the volumes of Concentus musicus, which presents, in loose succession, modern editions of Italian music with an emphasis on theatre, oratorios and cantatas. Some of the works are of epochal importance, such as Giovanni Paisiello’s Il barbiere di Siviglia (Vol. X/1-2), composed for the court of the Russian tsars in 1782.
The linen-bound volumes are lavishly produced and suitable for study and performance purposes alike. Besides a scholarly-critical edition of the music and the words, each volume contains a Foreword, a wide-ranging context-related Introduction with representative facsimiles on the genesis, performance history and historical stature of the work in question, as well as a concise Critical Commentary with a detailed account of the sources. This renowned series has been published by Bärenreiter since 2010.