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New Special Collections Spotlight: Walter F. and Alice Gorham Collection of Early Music Imprints, 1501-1650
Released on January 09, 2009
Contact: Sarah Shoemaker, email@example.com, x6-4641
Special Collections Spotlight's latest entry showcases the Walter F. and Alice Gorham Collection of Early Music Imprints, containing original imprints of music and books related to music published between 1501 and 1650, a golden age of music printing and publishing.
The collection includes treatises on the theory and performance of music as well as eight partbooks, containing parts to hundreds of pieces from the second half of the sixteenth century, published by some of the most influential printing houses of Italy and northern Europe. This period saw a flowering of music publishing; the market for chamber music helped drive the growth of the madrigal and motet as forms well suited to home music-making, for both voices and instruments. The rare partbooks in the
Gorham collection include works by Piccioni, Willaert, Gesualdo, Palestrina, Dressler, and Lasso, among others. Have a look at the Spotlight for details on the collection and on sixteenth-century music publishing, written by Sarah Mead, Associate Professor of the Practice of Music and Director of the Early Music Ensemble.
Special note: the Brandeis Early Music Ensemble will perform works from the Gorham collection on Friday, January 16th, 2009 at noon in the Rapaporte Treasure Hall in Goldfarb Library, where audience members will have the opportunity to see some of these books and read from facsimiles of the
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