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date: 05 December 2019

Berg, Johann vom [Montanus; vom Perg, Johann; von Berg, Johann]locked

  • Susan Jackson

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[Montanus; vom Perg, Johann; von Berg, Johann]

(b Ghent, ?c1500–15; d Nuremberg, Aug 7, 1563). German printer. He studied in Paris, and after becoming a Protestant emigrated to Nuremberg in a state of penury. He there was befriended by Veit Dietrich, the powerful preacher at St Sebald and important Reformation theologian; Berg later printed virtually all of Dietrich's writings. The earliest extant documentary evidence concerning him is the Nuremberg record of his marriage in 1541 to the widow Katherina Schmidt (née Bischoff); he was granted citizenship shortly thereafter. With Ulrich Neuber he founded a printing house on his wife's property, known (according to the firm's colophon) as ‘auf dem Neuen Bau, bey der Kalkhütte’, in 1541 or 1542. A daughter, Veronica, was born in 1545. In 1549 the firm acquired additional premises, and the colophon changed to ‘auf dem zwölf Brüder Platz, bey dem Cartauser Closter’.

The firm of Berg and Neuber was one of the most prolific publishers of polyphonic music in the 16th century, and is known to musicologists primarily for its editions of motet anthologies. It published at least 122 editions of music, including Latin motets, German polyphonic lieder, Kirchenlieder and treatises, besides works of literature and books on theology, mathematics, astronomy and medicine. It also sold books published by other firms. The firm's first volume of music was Hans Gamersfelder's ...

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