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date: 24 October 2019

Barley, Williamlocked

  • Miriam Miller
  • , revised by Jeremy L. Smith

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(b 1565; d 1614). English music publisher. His position in the history of music printing in Elizabethan London is a contentious one. In 1596 he produced The Pathway to Musicke and A New Booke of Tabliture, the latter thought to be the book that John Dowland complained of in his The First Booke of Songes or Ayres (1597), declaring that the versions of his lute pieces were ‘falce and unperfect’. Barley was acquainted with Thomas Morley, and, when Morley acquired a music printing monopoly in 1598, six volumes appeared bearing the imprint ‘imprinted at London, in Little St. Helen's by William Barley, the assigne of Thomas Morley’. An examination of these six works, however, makes it clear that they cannot all have been printed by the same man or on the same press. The most significant of this group are Antony Holborne's Pavans, Galliards, Almains, the first appearance in print in England of music for instruments rather than voices, and Thomas Morley's ...

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