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Thomas East and Music Publishing in Renaissance England - Jeremy L. Smith

Thomas East and Music Publishing in Renaissance England


Published: 20th February 2003
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In the London of Shakespeare and William Byrd, Thomas East was the premier, often exclusive, printer of music. As he tells the story of this influential figure in early English music publishing, Jeremy Smith also offers a vivid overall portrait of a bustling and competitive industry, in which composers, patrons, publishers, and tradesmen sparred for creative control and financial success. It provides a truly comprehensive study of music publishing and a new way of understanding the place of musical culture in Elizabethan times. In addition, Smith has compiled the first complete chronology of East's music prints, based on both bibliographical and paper-based evidence.

"...the book is a valuable one: the data themselves are significant, and the theories stimulating...he has marshaled much new evidence and produced a fascinating series of hypotheses well worth further consideration." --Renaissance Quarterly "Smith has solved many mysteries concerning East's fascinating life and work....Jeremy Smith's book is a most welcome and invaluable addition to the growing literature on early music printing, and adds significantly to our knowledge of almost every facet of Elizabethan music printing."--Music and Letters

Introductionp. 3
The Life and Early Career of Thomas Eastp. 9
Music Printing as an Enterprise in London before 1588p. 19
Bibliographical Issues: East's Music Printshop and Chronological Puzzlesp. 38
Music Publishing during Byrd's Monopoly (1588-1593) Part I: Byrd's Publishing Agendap. 55
Music Printing during Byrd's Monopoly (1588-1593) Part II: The Benefits to Eastp. 69
The Morley Era: Competition in London Music Printing and Publishing (1593-1602)p. 76
Thomas East and the Sphere of Public Affairs in the Twilight Years of the Elizabethan Erap. 96
East's Last Years, His Legacy, and the Two Music Patents of the Early Stuart Era (1603-1611)p. 112
Conclusionp. 127
Abbreviations and Siglap. 132
Tablesp. 135
Observations on Typographical Variants among East's Hidden Editions and Their Originalsp. 143
The East-Hassell-Snodham-Field Connectionp. 146
Checklist of Music Editions Printed by Thomas Eastp. 148
Notesp. 175
Select Bibliographyp. 216
Indexp. 229
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ISBN: 9780195139051
ISBN-10: 0195139054
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 248
Published: 20th February 2003
Dimensions (cm): 24.0 x 16.2  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.54