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(1466 - 1523)

Musical Printing Pioneer

Before this Italian printer, Ottaviano Petrucci, developed practical publication of sheet music with movable type; all manuscripts were rare, were not distributed, and were unobtainable hand written scores. Tin Pan Alley was a long, long ways away.

When Petrucci commenced printing ninety-six pieces in three and four sections by Josquin, Isaac, Hobrecht, Okeghem and other music writers in 1501, he also started the opportunity for students to learn and spread this knowledge. In 1504 he printed a series of eighty-three motets for four, five, and six voices. These printings in the early 16th century paved the way for the expansion of the popular Venetian Madrigal School, a forerunner of the development of opera.

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