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Music, printing of
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1. Introduction

Compared to the printing of text, the printing of music poses the particular challenge of having to print not only the musical notes, but also the five-line staves containing them. This challenge inspired many different solutions over the course of the early modern period (Notation, musical).

Music was included in printed works from the mid-15th century, written in by hand afterwards. From around 1470, the first musical incunabula made with met…

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Siegert, Christine, “Music, printing of”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 30 May 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_024386>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200128



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