Alessandro Stradella is rapidly becoming recognized as an outstanding composer of the generation before Corelli. The present catalogue offers the most complete list of Stradella's over 300 works in all their known sources and provides thematic incipits for the first time. The Stradella catalogue will indeed be of special interest to musicologists musicians and librarians alike. The preliminary material includes in addition to the expected editorial procedures a short biographical sketch of the composer and a history of Stradella catalogues. Of particular value are the four detailed indices-a complete list of text incipits of sources alphabetically or numerically by library of independent instrumental music within vocal music and of names-real and fictional-mentioned in the entries. A bibliography offers editions of works by Stradella.
Eleanor McCrickard: Eleanor McCrickard is Professor Emerita of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, School of Music, where she taught for thirty years and chaired the composition/History?Theory Divison for thirteen years. She received the B.A. (Music) and B.M. (Organ) degrees from Birmingham-Southern College, the M>M. (Organ) from the University of Michigan, and the Ph.D. (Musicology) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. McCrickard's field of research is misic of Italy in the seventeenth century, specifically instrumental music and music of Alessandro Stadella. She has presented papers here in the United States and abroad at various meetings of the America Musicological Society, the International Corelli conference, the Biennial Conferences on Barogue Music, and the College Music Society. She has published articles in Analecta Musicologica, Chigiana, Early Music, International Journal of Musicology, Grove Dictionary of Mudic and Musicians, among others. Dr. mcCrickard edited the complete instrumental works of Alessandro Stradella in the series Concentus Music (German Historical Institute in Rome) and , with a colleague in Rome, published the thematic catalogue of Stradella's works (Pendragon Press). She is currently a member of the Scientific Committee and Editorial Board for the critical editon of Stadella's music published by Edizioni ETS in Pisa and under the auspices aof the Ministero per I Beni e le Attivita Culturali in Rome, for which she editred the composer's sacred cantatas (2004) and insturmental music (2007), and is currently preparing the cantatas for two and three voices. She is also a consultant for Wayne Leupold Editions, and organ publishing firm in Greensboro. Dr. McCrickard has been active in the American Musicological Society, the College Music Society, and the Socitey for Seventeeth-Century Music, and is a member of the honorary societies Phi Beta Kappa (Executive Secretary of the Epsilon Chapter at UNCG for twelve years), Pi Kappa Lambda, and Phi Theta Kappa. She won the Teaching Award in the School of Music in 2001. Not only has she been active in University and School sctivities (Faculty Governance, numerous committees) but also in civic and church affairs.