- Paperback: 278 pages
- Publisher: Hansen Books; 2nd edition (1970)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0006D07KY
- Package Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,509,390 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Art of Music Engraving and Processing Paperback – 1970
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Excellent condition. Spine shows no signs of creasing. Pages are clean and not marred by folds of any kind - no highlighting or underlining. Cover shows some shelf wear and the pages are 2 different shades. See pictures. Free Shipping!
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It is my understanding that this book is used (among others) by Daniel Spreadbury, who is perhaps best known for his former role as lead-developer of Sibelius notation software, and who is now working with Steinberg to develop a new notation software program to rival both Sibelius and Finale. While I find myself occasionally disagreeing with Mr. Ross on some of the finer points, combined with other books like Alfred Reed's Music Notation, the Kurt Stone book, and the Norton manual, as well as Elaine Gould's more recent Behind Bars, there are plenty of resources for the aspiring engraver and copyist to turn to when faced with a tough problem.
It is too bad this book is out of print and so difficult to find at a reasonable price. If you don't mind, a third edition of the book is available as a PDF from NPC Imaging on mini-CD.
As a technical matter, the paperback edition of the book, if you can find it, comes with a dust jacket, and the pages will be somewhat fragile. Also, for a book about engraving, the formatting was somewhat disappointing!
Some of the content in the book is outdated and irrelevant to us today (though is a very interesting historical presentation of the traditions of producing sheet music), but there is so much other priceless information that is difficult to find anywhere today, and is a real wake-up call as you realize that many of the decisions taken by digital typesetting programs are not necessarily optimal for producing the best result, as there are many exceptions to the rules that these programs by default follow.