All Souls Seminar in Medieval and Renaissance Music: Jane Bernstein (Tufts University)

Free to attend, register via the the main series page.

Presenter: Jane Bernstein (Tufts University)
Title: ‘Music Printing in Rome during the Long Sixteenth Century’
Discussants: Bonnie J. Blackburn (Oxford) and Noel O’Regan (University of Edinburgh).

Rome ranked second only to Venice as a center for music book production in Renaissance Italy. Yet unlike their Venetian counterparts, who standardized their music publications, Roman printers, experimented more readily and more consistently with the materiality of their books. Emphasizing the exceptionalism of Roman music publishing, this talk highlights the innovative printing technologies and book forms devised by bookmen in the Eternal City. By drawing on landmark publications, it reveals a synergistic relationship between music repertories and the materiality of the book, particularly during the post-Tridentine period, when musical idioms, both new and old, challenged printers to employ alternative printing methods and modes of book presentation in the creation of their music editions. 

About the series:
This long-running series of seminars, convened by Dr Margaret Bent, considers all aspects of medieval and renaissance music. It runs on Zoom in Michaelmas and Hilary Terms and generally attracts a large international audience. Usually, a presenter speaks for around 30 minutes and then engages with invited discussants for another half an hour. The floor is then open for questions and lively general discussion.