This book presents a varied and nuanced analysis of the dynamics of the printing, publication, and trade of music in the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries across Western and Northern Europe. Chapters consider dimensions of music printing in Britain, the Holy Roman Empire, the Netherlands, France, Spain and Italy, showing how this area of inquiry can engage a wide range of cultural, historical and theoretical issues. From the economic consequences of the international book trade to the history of women music printers, the contributors explore the nuances of the interrelation between the materiality of print music and cultural, aesthetic, religious, legal, gender and economic history. Engaging with the theoretical turns in the humanities towards material culture, mobility studies and digital research, this book offers a wealth of new insights that will be relevant to researchers of early modern music and early print culture alike.

chapter |15 pages

Introduction: music among the bibliographic disciplines

ByKate van Orden
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part I|46 pages


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chapter 2|22 pages

Printed music papers: research opportunities and challenges

ByJohn Milsom
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part II|46 pages


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chapter 4|24 pages

Reading the Melopoiae (1507): a search for its owners and users

ByElisabeth Giselbrecht
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part III|40 pages

Music printing at Wittenberg

chapter 5|22 pages

Power and ambition: Georg Rhau’s strategies for music publishing

ByMoritz Kelber
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part IV|55 pages

Music printing in the Low Countries

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part V|40 pages

Printing privileges

chapter 9|24 pages

Privileges for printed music in the Holy Roman Empire during the sixteenth century

ByGrantley McDonald, Stephen Rose
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part VI|82 pages

The book trade

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chapter 12|23 pages

The Officina Plantiniana as publishers and distributors of music, 1578–1600

ByLouisa Hunter-Bradley
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