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date: 18 February 2020


  • Stanley Boorman


Italian family of music printers. They were active in the 17th century. In 1615 the first publication by Andrea Fei (bc1579; d 6 Feb 1650), an edition of Guidetti’s Directorium chori, appeared at Rome. In 1620 he opened a second house in Bracciano, apparently as publisher to the duke, and quickly put out an edition of Arcadelt’s first book of madrigals. Both branches continued during the rest of the printer’s life, and both published music sporadically over the next two decades. Between 1640 and 1647 Fei published more music at both addresses, much of it being financed by others, in particular the Roman bookseller G.D. Franzini. Several volumes in a largely conservative output were edited by Florido de Silvestri. In 1657 Andrea’s son Giacomo Fei (bc1603; d 21 April 1682) inherited the firm and retained the Bracciano branch for some years. He seems to have printed mostly music until ...

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