About us and our facsimiles

Artescripta is a publishing company of musical facsimiles : scores and parts, methods, manuscripts, etc. Created in 2020 by historical horn player Nicolas Roudier, it is based in The Hague, Netherlands.

In 2019 Nicolas started compiling an inventory of a private collection of original music scores and parts dated from the mid-XVIIIth century to the late XIXth century. Located in France, the collection gathers more than 1000 precious sheets, among them rare or unknown works and composers. The unquestionable value of these treasures convinced Nicolas and the collection’s owner to share them with the early music world in accessible yet beautiful facsimiles that will enlarge our repertoire and knowledge of late-classical and romantic music.

Our facsimiles are hand-made in The Hague on order. They feature quality scans of the originals that will be digitally cleaned on demand, and a simple cover made of a typical Dutch rag paper (zaansch bord), with texts inspired from the original fonts of the time. The music is printed on a beautiful 100g laid paper, the same that was used during the XIXth century. We then use a basic binding method to guarantee affordable prices.

Your options

When ordering a piece of music, two choices are offered to you.

Cleaned scan

Once we scanned the music, you can choose to have it as it is or ask us to clean it. A normal scan will significantly reduce your waiting time, but will show all the spots/stains/impurities. A cleaned scan will be clear and much easier to read, especially if the music is a bit worn out. We also correct the perspective when necessary, as it is not always easy to scan the original flat.

Separate parts

When relevant, you can choose to have the different parts (different instruments) of a piece all together in one single binding, of have them binded separately. For instance if you are interested in a trio and want to be able to perform out of my facsimiles, then you can choose to have each 3 parts in 3 separate bindings. If you don’t need that, you can opt for a single volume with all 3 parts together.