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Music Publishing and Composers (1750-1850)

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edited by Massimiliano Sala, Turnhout, Brepols, 2020 (Specvlvm Mvsicae, 37), pp. xiv+322, ISBN: 978-2-503-58815-5.


The development of music publishing in the final years of the eighteenth and first decades of the nineteenth century had a decisive and far-reaching influence on every facet of the music profession. The proliferation of publications substantially altered the conception of the musical work and the nature and extent of intellectual property.

Increasingly this allowed composers to support themselves financially through the sale of their own works, or even to establish, or collaborate in, publishing houses.

The needs of contemporary consumers of music andnew approaches to the production and dissemination of the musical work conditioned, and were conditioned by, the ever-evolving spheres of public and domestic performance that, in turn, stimulated the emergence of new musical forms and genres.

This book focuses on the role of music publishing within the daily life and activities of composers at the turn nineteenth century, and its impact on subsequent patterns of development that influenced the course of nineteenth-century music.

Massimiliano Sala is Vicepresident of the Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini (Lucca) and Secretary Treasurer of the Italian National Edition of Pietro Antonio Locatelli’s Complete Works. General Editor of the series ‘Contemporary Composers’, ‘Music, Science and Technology’ (Brepols Publishers), and ‘Quaderni Clementiani’ (Ut Orpheus Edizioni), he is a member of the scholarly committee of the Italian National Edition of Muzio Clementi’s and Luigi Boccherini’s Complete Works. A founder of «Ad Parnassum» Journal, his publications include dictionary entries, edited volumes, critical editions and articles on 18th- to 20th-centuries music.

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