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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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Coda: Early Music Printing as an Agent of Change

Coda: Early Music Printing as an Agent of Change

(p.397) Chapter Twelve Coda: Early Music Printing as an Agent of Change
Ottaviano Petrucci

Stanley Boorman

Oxford University Press

In a recent study of Russian printing during the 18th century, Gary Marker argued that the traditional view of printing as an “instrument of progress” is insufficient, and that he needed to discuss a more basic series of questions. Of course, Russian society during and after the reign of Peter the Great was very different from that of Italy during the 16th century. There are ways, however, in which publishing in the first half of the 16th century does seem to show parallels. For music, the closeness of the parallels is enhanced by the presence of a specialized market, involving both particular reading skills and particular classes of purchasers. Taken together, these various elements make more relevant the question of whether music printing “merely” responded to developments in musical society, or whether it seriously influenced those developments. In this context, the questions posed by Marker need to be addressed.

Keywords:   Gary Marker, printing, instrument, progress, Russia, publishing, Peter the Great, Italy, music, market

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