Music Printing and Publishing

Some of these references are of historic interest, and do not necessarily deal with careers directly. Nevertheless, they provide some background information for those who wish to work in this area.

Basart, Ann P.Writing about Music: A Guide to Publishing Opportunities for Authors and Reviews. Berkeley, CA: Fallen Leaf Press, 1989.
This is a writer's guide to many journals and other periodicals that cover all aspects of music. Consult the latest edition for the most recent information.

Clark, Giles. Inside Book Publishing, 2nd. ed. London and New York: Routledge, 1995.

King, A. Hyatt.Four Hundred Years of Music Printing. London: The British Library, 1979.
This is a brief, but well-illustrated survey of music printing through the mid-nineteenth century.

The New Grove Encyclopedia of Music and Musicians. New York: Macmillan, 1980. S.v. "Printing and Publishing of Music" by H. Edmund Poole and Donald W. Krummel.
The New Grove article gives a comprehensive survey of both printing and publishing music. The authors discuss briefly the work of Armando Dal Molin and describe the use of the Musicwriter. Three-column bibliography. _________. S.v. "Editing" by Howard Mayer Brown.

The New Grove Encyclopedia of Music and Musicians, 2nd ed. New York: Macmillan, 2001. S.v. "Printing and Publishing of Music" by Stanley Boorman, Eleanor Selfridge-Field, and Donald W. Krummel. _________. S.v. "Editing" by James Grier.

Krummel, D. W. and Sadie, Stanley. Music Printing and Publishing. The Norton/Grove Handbooks in Music. New York: W.W. Norton & Co., Inc., 1990.
Based on the article on "Printing and Publishing of Music" in the New Grove (1980), this book contains historical essays on the topic, followed by a dictionary of printers and publishers, and a detailed glossary of terms. The bibliography and index are comprehensive.

Music Engraving Practice

Caldwell, John. Editing Early Music. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1985. Early Music Series 5. See "Principles of Transcribing and Editing", pp. 1-12; "The Preparation of Copy", pp. 95-102.
The ideas in the two chapters listed above are useful when it comes to understanding the concern for detail and consistency important to good engraving and editorial practice.

Donato, Anthony.Preparing Music Manuscript. New York: Amsco Music Publishing Co., 1963.
Donato offers a basic introduction to writing good manuscript, and gives general principles which are taken further in the more detailed works of Read and Ross. This is a good guide for preparing manuscript to be set.

Read, Gardner.Music Notation: A Manual of Modern Practice. New York: Taplinger Publishing Co., 1979.
Gardner Read is more encyclopedic than prescriptive when it comes engraving practice. If a symbols exists, Read shows it, often placing it within the context in which it occurs.

Ross, Ted. The Art of Music Engraving and Processing. Miami: Hansen Books, 1970.
This guide by Ross is the standard reference on music engraving. Even though it is sometimes difficult to read, this books covers the basics of music engraving in detail. Ross's book fails to include mention of current computer programs for engraving music, but the parameters for good style can be applied to these new tools.

Stone, Kurt. Music Notation in the Twentieth Century: A Practical Guidebook. New York: W.W. Norton & Co., Inc., 1980.
Stone's book can be used to supplement both Read and Ross. This book is important for its exposition on notation for new music, as well as its coverage of notation for specific instruments.

Selected Directories

The Literary Marketplace. See "Music Composition." and other, related topics in the current edition. The website: has offers some of the LMP content online.

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