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By Russell Sanjek

Quantity concentrates completely on song job within the usa within the 19th century. one of the subject matters mentioned are how altering expertise affected the printing of song, the advance of sheet track publishing, the expansion of the yankee musical theater, renowned non secular tune, black song (including spirituals and ragtime), track throughout the Civil warfare, and at last "music within the period of monopoly," together with such matters as copyright, altering know-how and distribution, invention of the phonograph, copyright revision, and the institution of Tin Pan Alley.

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When business proved poor, Stodart departed, too soon to participate in Currier's first successful lithographic print. The disastrous fire, which destroyed hundreds of New York buildings in mid-December 1835, brought Currier to the attention of buyers, 1790 to 1860 43 who then remained almost exclusively his for much of the century. His print of an original drawing of The Ruins of the Merchants Exchange after the Recent Conflagration, published almost immediately after the event, sold by the thousands.

Then in 1805, Jacob Perkins, of Massachusetts, developed a new technique for engraving on steel, originally for banknotes, which was almost immediately adopted by the artist engravers. The reduced production costs stemming from this substitution of steel for copper produced art of a harsher quality. Music publishers, nevertheless, found it as irresistible as any succeeding technological development that promised cost reductions. The 1790 Copyright Act had enabled Noah Webster, the most important lobbyist for its passage, to license exclusively his Grammatical Institute of the English Language to seven different booksellers for a period of fourteen years, granting them territorial rights.

No royalties were paid, either to the original publishers or to the authors or composers. The novels of Walter Scott, Maria Edgeworth's stories of British and Irish life, Byron's poetry, and the popular music of Robert Burns, all were "pirated" in this manner. A few Americans did copyright their works in England, where such protection could be obtained. James Fenimore Cooper and Washington Irving did so and became as popular in the British Isles as they were at home. British law did not require that the author be a citizen, only that the publisher have the writer's permission and that the work not yet have been published elsewhere.

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