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date: 25 June 2022

printing and publishing of music 

Source:
The Oxford Companion to Music
Author(s):
J. M. ThomsonJ. M. Thomson, John WagstaffJohn Wagstaff

The history of music-printing and publishing is technical, social, and artistic. The technical history encompasses the gradual solution of the difficult problems posed by music itself, with its complex visual symbolism. The social history shows how changing tastes, styles, and audiences have brought different genres to prominence, how publishers (as distinct from printers) arose and how their two roles have often been combined, and how publishing houses may build their fortunes on a single composer, school of composers, or popular craze. And the artistic history of musical typography highlights printed music in which the bounds of craftsmanship are transcended to produce exemplars of outstanding design.... ...

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