Early music printing in German-speaking lands

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Abingdon, Oxon ;, United Kingdom, p.1 online resource (xvi, 264 pages) : (2018)

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(OCoLC)fst01030586, 15th century., 16th century., bicssc, bisacsh, fast, German speaking countries, History, Journalism., LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES, Music printing, Music printing., Music.


The first century of music printing in Germany had its own internal dynamics, affected by political and social events such as the Reformation. Yet it also had an international dimension: German printers set up shops all around Europe, taking materials and techniques with them, or exporting necessary materials such as type. For the first time, this collection brings together the different strands that define the German music printing landscape from the late fifteenth to the late sixteenth century. From the earliest developments in music printing and publishing, to printing techniques and solutions, the commerce of music printing, and intellectual history, the chapters outline broad trends in the production of different genres of printed books and examine the work of individual printers. The book draws upon the rich information gathered for the online database Catalogue of early German printed music / Verzeichnis deutscher Musikfruhdrucke (vdm), the first systematic descriptive catalogue of music printed in the German-speaking lands between c. 1470 and 1540, allowing precise conclusions about the material production of these printed musical sources. The result is a highly original and varied picture of the beginnings of music printing in a geographical region that, until now, has been somewhat neglectedIncludes bibliographical references and indexEarly music printing and ecclesiastic patronage / Mary Kay Duggan -- German-speaking printers and the development of music printing in Spain (1485-1505) / Margarita Restrepo -- 'Made in Germany': the dissemination of mensural German music types outside the German-speaking area (and vice versa), up to 1650 / Laurent Guillo -- Printing music: technical challenges and synthesis, 1450-1530 / Elisabeth Giselbrecht and Elizabeth Savage -- 'Synopsis musicae': charts and tables in sixteenth-century music textbooks / Inga Mai Groote -- Melchior Lotter: a German 'music printer' / Elisabeth Giselbrecht -- The music books of Christian Egenolff: bad impressions = good return on investment / John Kmetz -- The music editions of Christian Egenolff: a new catalogue and its implications / Royston Gustavson -- The cult of Luther in music / Grantley McDonald -- Theobald Billican and Michael's ode settings in print: notes on an exceptional transmission / Sonja Tröster -- Polyphonic music in early German print: changing perspectives in music historiography / Andrea Lindmayr-BrandlEnglish.Description based on print version record