Thomas East and Music Publishing in Renaissance England

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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.

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"...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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195139051
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 2/28/2003
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 6.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeremy L. Smith is Assistant Professor of Musicology at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 3
1 The Life and Early Career of Thomas East 9
2 Music Printing as an Enterprise in London before 1588 19
3 Bibliographical Issues: East's Music Printshop and Chronological Puzzles 38
4 Music Publishing during Byrd's Monopoly (1588-1593) Part I: Byrd's Publishing Agenda 55
5 Music Printing during Byrd's Monopoly (1588-1593) Part II: The Benefits to East 69
6 The Morley Era: Competition in London Music Printing and Publishing (1593-1602) 76
7 Thomas East and the Sphere of Public Affairs in the Twilight Years of the Elizabethan Era 96
8 East's Last Years, His Legacy, and the Two Music Patents of the Early Stuart Era (1603-1611) 112
Conclusion 127
Abbreviations and Sigla 132
App. 1: Tables 135
App. 2 Observations on Typographical Variants among East's Hidden Editions and Their Originals 143
App. 3 The East-Hassell-Snodham-Field Connection 146
App. 4 Checklist of Music Editions Printed by Thomas East 148
Notes 175
Select Bibliography 216
Index 229
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