Music Printing in Renaissance Venice

Music Printing in Renaissance Venice : The Scotto Press (1539-1572)

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Venetian music print culture of the mid-sixteenth century is presented here through a study of the Scotto Press, one of the foremost dynastic music publishers of the Renaissance. For over a century, the house of Scotto played a pivotal role in the international book trade, publishing in a variety of fields including philosophy, medicine, religion, and music. This book examines the mercantile activities of the firm through both a historical study, which illuminates the wide world of the Venetian music printing industry, and a catalogue, which details the music editions brought out by the firm during its most productive period. A valuable reference work, this book not only enhances our understanding of the socio-economic and cultural history of Renaissance Venice, it also helps to preserve our knowledge of a vast musical repertory.
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  • Hardback | 1184 pages
  • 187.96 x 251.46 x 68.58mm | 2,267.95g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 41 line drawings
  • 0195102312
  • 9780195102314

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... should be greeted with cheers and hoorays. Bernstein has carried off a gigantic feat of scholarship with precision, intelligence, and spirit. Renaissance Quarterly Music Printing in Renaissance Venice won a richly deserved Kinkeldey award from the American Musicological Society for the best book published in musicology in the year 1998, and it should get a standing ovation from her readers for its sheer quality and quantity of research. Renaissance Quarterly At every turn, Bernstein's book shows a delightful zeal for empirical observation, careful argumentation, painstaking standards of scholarship, and a detective's eye in revisiting existing evidence. Renaissance Quarterly Reading archival finds against known evidence about other presses, Bernstein treats us to a walking tour of Scotto's print shop. Renaissance Quarterly ... a masterly work that furnishes at last a comprehensively study of one the most significant music printers in Renaissance Venice, Girolamo Scotto. Renaissance Quarterly ... user-friendly ... highly readable ... this book will need to be on the shelves of most academic music libraries and bibliographical collections ... undoubtedly an impressive achievement and an important contribution to the scholarship of music biography. The Library This is a magnificent volume ... one to be aware of and consult in the library. Early Music Review
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