About Editions Dolcimelo

In the late 16th century the Italian musician Aurelio Virgiliano compiled a collection of virtuoso musical pieces and technical instructions that he titled "Il Dolcimelo," which could refer to both a sweet apple tree (pear tree) and a sweet melody. Adapting that ambiguous concept as its motto: "Fruits of Sweet Melody," Editions Dolcimelo specializes in publishing high quality performing editions and transcriptions of instrumental and vocal music from the Renaissance and Baroque eras, as well as original contemporary works and arrangements for early and modern instruments. We also provide customized music typesetting services by special arrangement.  Our catalog features sheet music (score and parts) for recorder and viol (viola da gamba) ensemble.

All Editions Dolcimelo publications include background and editorial notes and are printed on high-quality, acid free papers. Our publications are produced and edited by Charles Coldwell, who brings many years of experience as a professional performer and teacher on recorders and other early music instruments to the task.


Charles ColdwellCharles Coldwell began his early music career as a musician at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in 1968.  Since then he has performed on Baroque and Renaissance recorders, early winds, and vielle in solo recitals and ensembles throughout the United States.  In the Seattle area,, he has appeared as a soloist with Seattle Baroque Orchestra, Northwest Chamber Orchestra, Baroque Northwest, Philharmonia Northwest, and at Seattle's Bumbershoot festival for the arts; and he has appeared on concerts presented by the Tudor Choir, St. Mark's Cathedral Associates, and The Early Music Guild of Seattle..  Charles received a Master of Music degree in the Performance of Early Music from the New England Conservatory of Music. He has served on the faculties of the New England Conservatory and the Longy School of Music as an instructor in recorder and historical performance practices, and was a co-founder of the undergraduate degree program in early music at Longy.  He was a faculty member and performer at the Castle Hill Early Dance and Music Weeks (Ipswich, Massachusetts), and for several seasons he performed as a musician at the American Shakespeare Festival (Stratford, Connecticut). Charles has served on the board of the Seattle Early Music Guild, as president of the Seattle Recorder Society, and on the faculty of the Port Townsend Early Music Workshops.  He retired from the Seattle Public Library in 2012, where he served as manager of the Fine and Performing Arts Department, and later Library Applications & Systems.  In 2014 Charles was the Recorder Resident at the Sitka Center for the Art and Ecology.  Currently he co-directs the Recorder Orchestra of Puget Sound with Vicki Boeckman.