Music: printing with movable type, 1501

Commentary
Music: printing with movable type, 1501

'Ottaviano Petrucci was the first publisher of printed music in all of Europe. He had reconfigured Gutenberg's movable type technology with the intent to mass produce musical scores. His meticulously indexed compilation of secular music was titled Harmonice Musices Odhecaton (Canti A, B and C). It gave future generations of performers and musicologists straightforward, legible copies of more than 200 masterpieces by some of the greatest composers of his generation.... For the soundtrack in this video, I selected representative works by Josquin Desprez, Jacob Obrecht, Pierre de la Rue, Gerard Weerbecke and others.... Most of the artwork featured in this video comes from the period between 1470 and 1510.'

EARLY MUSIC MIDI
Published on 16 Sep 2017