Please forgive me while I geek out. As a writer, magazine editor, and book lover, I have a natural curiosity about the history of publishing. As it happens, while in Graphic Design school I learned several historic book-making techniques, as well as printing press operation. I later worked for an engineering firm that manufactured hardware and software for the graphic design industry, and helped firms create workflows from their design platform to finished printed product. So, those are my excuses for nerding out over this mini-documentary about how music was printed during the Renaissance. What’s yours? 🙂
I found this video and the following intro on Luis Henriques’ blog.
Mr. Henriques said the nine-minute video “features the process using movable pieces of type, very similar to that of traditional printing of the time. Most of the video takes place in the Plantin workshop in Antwerp, one of the most important music printing houses of Europe during the sixteenth century and where Portuguese composer Duarte Lobo printed four polyphony books in 1602, 1607, 1621 and 1639 respectively. The video is provided by The Open University.”
Luís Henriques is a PhD candidate in Musicology at the University of Évora. He holds a Master’s Degree in Musical Sciences from the FCSH of the Nova University of Lisbon and Licenciate’s Degree in Musicology from the University of Évora. He is a member of the University of Évora branch of CESEM- Sociology and Musical Aesthetics Research Centre and the MPMP – Patrimonial Movement for the Portuguese Music, in the MPMP Editions and the Glosas magazine, and is also a consultant for ACROARTE conservation and restoration studio. Learn more about Mr. Henriques on his blog.