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Title:English opera and song books, 1703-1726: Their contents, publishing, printing, and bibliographical description
Author(s):Hunter, David Chalmers
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Krummel, Donald W.
Department / Program:Library and Information Science
Discipline:Library and Information Science
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Library Science
Literature, English
Abstract:Examination of opera and song books published in England from 1703 to 1726 provides the occasion for consideration of dissemination history and the infiltration of Italian musical style, musicians and texts into London's music-making; the publishing history of opera and song books; the techniques and materials used to print such books; and the problems of bibliographical description caused by engraved materials, particularly in the areas of title-page description, ideal copy, composite books, and the terms of bibliographic classification.
The bibliographic descriptions of 180 editions, impressions, or issues, complete with title-page plates, full contents' lists and indexes to song first lines, composers, librettists, adaptors, literary and stage works, singers, engravers, printers, and publishers, are derived from examination of 736 copies. The descriptions are primarily arranged in chronological order, the dates of publication being ascertained from London newspaper advertisements. New information on the publishing and printing of engraved music uncovered by this study considerably advances our knowledge of the sources of texts, subscription publishing, competitive editions, length of print runs, and the introduction of pewter plates and punches.
Dissemination history--an amalgam of the fields of bibliography, criticism, communications, intellectual and social history--offers an approach to both documents and history that can not only account for the production of objects and the role of the ideas conveyed by the objects but can also link the objects and ideas with the individuals and political, geographical, and spiritual conditions of their own time and ours. The five groups involved in dissemination--creators, publishers, vendors, audiences and mediators--receive separate attention. The study shows how the new approach can be used to explore both broad stylistic change and a particular medium.
Issue Date:1989
Rights Information:Copyright 1989 Hunter, David Chalmers
Date Available in IDEALS:2011-05-07
Identifier in Online Catalog:AAI8916266
OCLC Identifier:(UMI)AAI8916266

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