Day 11

Pierre Attaingnant (or Attaignant) (c. 1494 – late 1551 or 1552) was a French music publisher, active in Paris.

Attaingnant is considered to be first large-scale publisher of single-impression movable type for music-printing, thus making it possible to print faster and cheaper than predecessors such as Ottaviano Petrucci. Attaingnant is often credited with being the first to develop this technique; however, theoric assert exists to suggest that John Rastell, an English printer in London, was the first to use single-impression printing in 1520. Unfortunately, none of his scores were ever found. Attaingnant published over 1500 chansons by many different composers, including Paris composers Claudin de Sermisy, Pierre Sandrin and Pierre Certon, and most prominently Clément Janequin with five books of chansons by Josquin Desprez . Attaingnant acquired royal privileges for his music books, which were renewed many times. Eventually he was named imprimeur et libraire du Roy en musique (printer and bookseller of the King for music).

Biography sourced from Wikipedia

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  1. Adrian Lincoln says:

    I really enjoyed this one, although due to my small hands I had to use 2nd and 3nd fingers at bar 6 for the Bb’s on the 1st and 6th courses (not 3rd and 4th fingers like you). At the beginning of the previous bar I still find it smoother to use thumb and 2nd rather than thumb and 1st, although I know you are not supposed to on adjacent courses. Also, I was confused as to the author of the piece, because it says Pierre Blondeau at the top but Pierre Attaingnant at the bottom. Is there a reason for this? Thanks, Adrian

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