MusIco Help


MusIco Help


(Please note: this help is still under construction)


Logging on and off

Main Window
File Menu
Search Menu
Options Menu
Language Menu
Tables Menu
MusIco Lists
Help Menu
ToolBar Buttons:
Image Thumbnail
Image Button
Search Button
Browse Button

MusIco Records 
"Full" record view
Page Outline in "Full" view
"Quick" record view
Record Templates
Copying Records
Renaming Records
Record Information
Editing Records
Rich Text: Bold and Italics
New Record
Open Record
Delete Record

Saving Searches
Search Results 

Lists and Tables
Artists Table
Books and Manuscripts
Hornborstel Sachs
Cataloger's Institution
Geographical Places
Provinces and Regions
Iconclass Table
Libraries and Museums
List of People
Musical Objects
Catalogers and Photographers
Publishers and Printers
MusIco Lists

Insert Symbols Button
Change Font Button
Deleting List or Table Items
Rich Text: Bold and Italics

Users and Databases
Program Options
Database Files
Add Musico Users
Musico Groups
Merging Databases

Editing or Adding Languages
MusIco Online Help
Reporting Bugs



The idea for  this software first occurred in 1997, when we realized that many institutions were developing catalogues of musical iconography independently of one another, following differing scientific criteria and methodology, and many of these were still in paper form. These catalogues also tended to be internal systems within the particular institution that produced them, generally unavailable to others and in formats that make the data difficult to share.
At that time two cataloging systems were especially worthy of notice, both for their rigorous methods and for the number of records already compiled with them: HIDA, a good, but rather old software mainly used in German-speaking countries, and CIdIcM, a paper catalogue created at the University of Pavia, Italy. Other attempts were made to develop computer software for very simplified cataloguing (such as the one in use for RIdIM), while some scholars used programs intended for generic cataloguing of art works, adapting them to the needs of musical iconography.
Our goal was to develop a complete musical iconography database  in a unified, multi-language format that would make the sharing of data possible in an international context. We would eventually like to extend our work to the internet, with an international database based on MusIco that can be used as a tool for reference and research in the field of musical iconography.
MusIco was developed by Mariagrazia Carlone and by Paul Beier, with the help of several scholars who generously dedicated time and energy testing former versions of the software and made suggestions which we have followed where possible. We wish to thank especially Prof. Tilman Seebass and Dr. Bjorn Tammen.

Main Window

follow the links by clicking on the image

Browse Button

To use browse, first open a record (double click on the catalogue), press the browse button, and start scrolling the catalogue. As the catalogue is scrolled, the opened record will change to display the one currently selected in the catalogue. This way, you don't have to open each record individually to display it.

Image Button 

click on this button to open the image in a window

Image Thumbnail

What is it?

The thumbnail is a small display of a record's image. To view the image in a separate window, click on the
image button