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date: 18 January 2020

Bideri, Ferdinandolocked

  • Nigel Simeone

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Italian firm of music publishers. It was founded in Naples in about 1875 and rapidly established itself as one of the leading producers of popular Neapolitan songs. As well as printing songsheets (the firm's main output), Bideri also produced a series of musical postcards which depicted favourite comic or ballad singers of the day shown opposite the melodies of popular songs. Bideri's printing equipment was modern and he was able to publish songs with colour covers. The firm enjoyed huge commercial success and a constant flow of new songs was ensured by placing many of the firm's favoured composers under exclusive contracts. Bideri also organized an annual song-writing competition. For over 30 years the firm had a prolific production schedule, but it appears to have gone into decline after World War I....

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