The commercial phase of music printing began at a particularly propitious moment in Venetian history, for the years from 1540 until 1570 marked an era of unbroken peace and prosperity for the Most Serene Republic. The sense of stability and affluence prompted Venetians to turn their attention to external appearances. Proclaiming themselves the new Romans, they became concerned with ceremonial display and artistic endeavors, made manifest in the construction of new civic buildings and in an ambitious program of patrician patronage. Over the past four decades, a number of studies have appeared on sixteenth-century music printers. Musicologists of the next generation expanded the format by including historical studies with their catalogues.
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