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date: 05 April 2020

Beringenlocked

  • Samuel F. Pogue,
  • Laurent Guillo
  •  and Frank Dobbins

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French firm of printers. It was founded by Godefroy Beringen (b Germany, fl 1538–59; d ? Lyons), who was active in Lyons as a humanist; several Lyons intellectuals, including Etienne Dolet in 1538, addressed Latin verses to him. He began to print books in 1544. In 1545 he formed an association with his brother Marcellin Beringen which lasted until the latter’s death in 1556. The Beringen brothers did not publish many titles but frequently reprinted those that were successful. Law, medicine, alchemy and the Roman classics dominated their production. They were in contact with Geneva through the poet Guillaume Guéroult and the musician Loys Bourgeois, and probably began printing music under their influence. Between 1547 and 1552 they issued a number of important music books, thus becoming the first music printers in Lyons to challenge the monopoly of Jacques Moderne. The Beringens were the first French music publishers to concentrate on issuing single-composer collections. The ...

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Annales musicologiques
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