Thanks for the description! Like typesetting, only electronic. I know
about engraved business cards and such, just hadn't heard it applied to
music. Makes perfect snse, just wondered if there was a more unusual
meaning to it.
Lou Judson • Intuitive Audio
On May 10, 2006, at 7:21 PM, David Seubert wrote:
> Engraving was the term for setting musical scores in type for printing
> and publication. It was done in a variety of ways from actually
> engraving on a metal plate to musical typewriters. It was a very
> tedious and expensive process and required skilled craftspeople to
> make the engravings. As a result, a lot of music was never published
> or only published as reproductions of a copyists manuscripts and also
> contributed to the high cost of printed music. In later years
> engraving was often done overseas where labor was cheaper. In the
> digital age this is now done with software such as a Sibelius of
> Finale, but the term engraving persists even though I doubt anybody
> actually engraves music these days.
> Wikipedia has a pretty good explanation
> (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Music_engraving) and Don Krummel's book
> Music Printing and Publishing is the classic reference in the history
> of music publishing.
> David Seubert