Dr. Ken Smith, Associate Professor of Music, is preparing a critical edition of a previously unknown composition held in manuscript at the Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève in Paris. The piece, entitled Trasgressione e Pentimento di David, dates from the 1630s or early 1640s and sets a moralizing text by Pietro de Norres, an exiled Cypriot scholar whose family fled to Rome following the Ottoman conquest of 1570. In terms of genre, the piece is a rare and early example of a vernacular oratorio. The oratorio genre was introduced as a large-scale dramatic musical work on