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Studies in the Printing, Publishing and Performance of Music in the 16th Century

ISBN 9780860789703
Published September 27, 2005 by Routledge
376 Pages

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Book Description

The emergence of music printing and publishing in the early 16th century radically changed how music was circulated, and how the musical source (printed or manuscript) was perceived, and used in performance. This series of close studies of the structure and content of 16th-century and early 17th-century editions (and some manuscripts) of music draws conclusions in a number of areas - printing techniques for music; the habits of different type-setters and scribes, and their view of performing practice; publishers' approaches to the musical market and its abilities and interests; apparent changes of plan in preparing editions; questions of authorship; evidence in editions and manuscripts for interpreting different levels of notation; ways in which scribes could influence performers' decisions, and others by which composers could exploit unusual sonorities.

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction. Printing: The 'first' edition of the Odhecaton A; Petrucci's type-setters and the process of stemmatics; A case of work and turn half-sheet imposition in the early 16th century; Printed music books of the Italian Renaissance from the point of view of manuscript study; The Salzburg liturgy and single-impression music printing. Publishing: Early music printing: working for a specialized market; Some non-conflicting attributions, and some newly anonymous compositions, from the early 16th century; The music publisher's view of his public's abilities and taste: Venice and Antwerp. Performance: Notational spelling and scribal habit; False relations and the cadence; Two aspects of performance practice in the Sistine Chapel of the early 16th century. Indexes.

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Stanley Boorman is Professor in the Department of Music at New York University, USA.


'In summary, the reader of this collection will be deeply rewarded for taking the care to read each of these essays and observe a keen intellect at work... Any comprehensive collection of published research on early music in Europe must acquire this book of thoughtful and seminal studies.' Notes ’While across the essays Boorman writes for a narrow audience of specialists, his methodology has implications for studies of the sociology of books, the nature of evidence, the interaction of printed and manuscript sources (and their subsequent scholarly study), and the role of the market in the production of texts... The work of Stanley Boornlan is familiar and 'required reading' for all students and scholars of early music printing.’ Sixteenth Century Journal