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Introduction

Stanley Boorman

in Ottaviano Petrucci

Published in print November 2005 | ISBN: 9780195142075
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199850549 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195142075.003.0001
Introduction

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This book is a bibliographical study of Ottaviano Petrucci. For well over a century, he has been seen as a key figure in the history of music, and a producer of music to the highest professional and artistic standards. Indeed, scholars sometimes seem to suggest that he ushered in, single-handedly, a revolution in the availability of music and in the level and spread of musical literacy. While certainly an innovator, a disseminator, and in some measure the initiator of the great explosion in musical literacy to which Claudio Sartori refers, Petrucci was less significant in the history of music than some statements would imply. Therefore, while he was undoubtedly significant as the first to attempt the bulk dissemination of music through printing, his achievement in these areas needs to be assessed.

Keywords: Ottaviano Petrucci; history; music; producer; musical literacy; Claudio Sartori; printing

Chapter.  10648 words. 

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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