Andrew DoddAmelie Roper

Thesis Title: The Culture of Music Printing in Sixteenth-Century Augsburg
Supervisor: Professor Andrew Pettegree

Since graduating from King’s College London with a BMus and MMus in music, I have pursued a career in librarianship specialising in rare books and music. I completed an initial traineeship at the London Library before studying for the MA in Librarianship and Information Studies at University College London. After qualifying, I held posts at the Guildhall School, Royal College of Music and Christ’s College, Cambridge, before joining the British Library as Curator, Digital Music, in February 2016.

Supervised by Professor Mirjam Foot, my UCL MA dissertation examined the trade in music publications at the Frankfurt book fair with particular reference to the catalogues produced by Augsburg bookseller Georg Willer. A continuing interest in sixteenth-century German music publishing, combined with my experience of historical bibliography and cataloguing in my everyday work, led me to pursue a PhD part time and distance learning at St Andrew’s in conjunction with Universal Short Title Catalogue project.
My doctoral research focuses on the culture of music printing in sixteenth-century Augsburg. As well as being a lively centre for the book trade, Augsburg was among the first places north of the Alps to print mensural music with movable type. My thesis examines the city’s production of different printed music formats over the century (partbooks and choir books, pamphlets and songsheets and books about music) together with their relationship to the book trade.


  • German Music Broadsheets, 1500-1550: Production, Performance, Persuasion’, in Andrew Pettegree (ed.), Single Sheet Printing in the First Age of Print (Leiden: Brill, 2017) [forthcoming]
  • ‘Georg Willer’s Music Stock Catalogue of 1622’, in Shanti Graheli and Andrew Pettegree (eds.), Buying and Selling in the Early Modern Book World (Leiden: Brill, 2017) [forthcoming]
  • ‘Poor Man’s Music? The Production of Song Pamphlets and Broadsheets in Sixteenth-Century Augsburg’, in Richard Kirwan and Sophie Mullins (eds.) Specialist Markets in the Early Modern Book World (Leiden: Brill, 2015) pp. 175-198
  • ‘Bridging the Gap: Developing Professional Education for Music Library Staff in the UK and Ireland’, Fontes 59/2 (2012), pp. 168-178
  • ‘Decoding Tallis’ Lamentations: Music for Protestant Queen or Catholic Subjects?’, Brio 47/1 (2010), pp. 5-20
  • ‘Music and the Book Trade’ [review article], Brio 46/2 (2009), pp. 71-73
  • ‘Music Library and Research Skills’ [review article], Brio 46/1 (2009), pp. 56-58
  • Virtuoso Skills goes Global: Delivering Music Reference Sources Training Abroad’, International Association of Music Libraries Newsletter 34/35 (March 2010), pp. 1-4
  • ‘The Concept of the “Scholar Publisher” in the Renaissance: an Examination of the Music Output of Johannes Petreius’, Brio 42/2 (2005), pp. 6-21