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A-R Editions has published Recent Researches in Music—critical performing editions of music in seven series—since its inception in 1962. The series fall into two basic categories: editions that span the history of Western music, and editions with ties to specific cultural milieus. Most editions in Recent Researches in Music are devoted to works by a single composer or in a single genre.
The historical series are organized chronologically, with a small amount of overlap:
- Recent Researches in the Music of the Middle Ages and Early Renaissance (repertoire spanning the early Middle Ages through about 1500)
- Recent Researches in the Music of the Renaissance (1500–1600)
- Recent Researches in the Music of the Baroque Era (1600 through the early eighteenth century)
- Recent Researches in the Music of the Classical Era (mid-eighteenth through early nineteenth centuries)
- Recent Researches in the Music of the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries
The culturally oriented series are:
- Recent Researches in American Music (music of all eras from the United States and the early American colonies)
- Recent Researches in the Oral Traditions of Music (musical traditions that are either exclusively oral/aural or that are transmitted only in part through written sources)
The series Music of the United States of America (MUSA) is a co-publication between A-R Editions and the American Musicological Society (AMS), and MUSA volumes are cross-listed in the Recent Researches in American Music series. Oversight of the MUSA series (prior to publication) is handled by the AMS’s Committee on the Publication of American Music and the MUSA editorial staff at the University of Michigan. For more information on the MUSA project, see the MUSA web page.