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Stanley Boorman

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195142075

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195142075.001.0001

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The Dissemination of Petrucci's Books and Repertoire

The Dissemination of Petrucci's Books and Repertoire

(p.331) Chapter Ten The Dissemination of Petrucci's Books and Repertoire
Ottaviano Petrucci

Stanley Boorman

Oxford University Press

This chapter is about Ottaviano Petrucci's attempts to make a living from his books. It is generally accepted that Petrucci's music books were more expensive than those of his successors. The chapter presents a table, expanded to include a number of musical treatises and a few non-musical books when they provide additional data. There are several significant layers of evidence in this table. Foremost, of course, is the range of prices demanded for Petrucci's editions. This must weaken any argument derived from the alleged luxury status of the volumes. While they were at the more expensive end of the market, they were evidently within the reach of professional musicians or any institution that might have wished to acquire them. This brings, inevitably, to a discussion of the purchasers of his books, how many there might have been, and how far they form a distinct group or series of groups.

Keywords:   Ottaviano Petrucci, music, books, prices, editions, market, purchasers

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