The House of Scotto: A Printing Dynasty

Jane A. Bernstein

in Music Printing in Renaissance Venice

Published in print November 1998 | ISBN: 9780195102314
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199853113 | DOI:
The House of Scotto: A Printing Dynasty

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By the closing decades of the fifteenth century, a wave of “foreigners” had arrived in Venice to try their hand at the burgeoning printing industry. One such émigré was Ottaviano Scotto. He arrived prior to 1479 and very quickly gained prominence as a printer and publisher. Making a name for itself as a publisher of Latin texts, the Scotto firm also acted as a primary player in the development of music printing in Italy. The dynasty mirrored the growth of the Venetian book trade from its inception in the latter decades of the fifteenth century through its years of expansion and commercial success in the sixteenth century.

Keywords: Venice; printing industry; Scotto; music printing; Venetian book trade

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Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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