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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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Petrucci's Privileges

Petrucci's Privileges

(p.77) Chapter Two Petrucci's Privileges
Ottaviano Petrucci

Stanley Boorman

Oxford University Press

Ottaviano Petrucci applied to the Venetian Signoria in 1498 for a privilege to protect his right to print music. The responsible members of the council approved the petition on 25th May of that year. In his application, Petrucci began by praising the city of Venice for the manner in which it supported new inventions, to the greater glory of the city, and encouraged people to explore new ideas. He then pointed out that his own invention had cost him much labor and time, and he attempted to imply that he had discovered what many others had sought long and unsuccessfully; the discovery provided a convenient way of printing polyphony.

Keywords:   Ottaviano Petrucci, Venetian Signoria, privilege, printing, music, petition, Venice, invention, polyphony

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