Many publishers of printed music also sold manuscript music.
With musical genres for which the market in scores was likely to be small (opera, for example), producing manuscripts in small quantities was more cost-effective than setting up a print run.
ABC/Rebel Studio DVD 3747195 "Larrikin Lad—Warren Fahey" and "Larrikin Records and Larrikin Music Founder Speaks Out", Australian Folk Lore Unit website, 9 February 2010).
Fahey had sold his music publishing company, Larrikin Music, to Music Sales Corporation in 1988 and Larrikin Records to Festival Music in 1995 (see Warren Fahey).
The British Library holds one of the finest collections of printed and manuscript music in the world.
It encompasses music dating from the middle ages to the present and includes a large number of autograph music manuscripts (scores written out by the composers themselves).
Artists who have released albums on Larrikin include Eric Bogle, Sirocco, Mike and Michelle Jackson, Bobby Mc Leod, Kev Carmody, Flying Emus, Robyn Archer, Redgum, Margret Road Knight, Jeannie Lewis, Mark Atkins, Renée Geyer, Rank Strangers, The Sweets of Sin, Richard Frankland and Currency from Canberra.In the 17th and 18th centuries, music was written out in manuscript for several purposes.These included the creation of ‘master copies’ from which further handwritten copies could be made when required, the provision of musicians’ parts for use in performance and the commercial and non-commercial dissemination of musical works. Publisher of 17th and 18th century music, based on early sources, in modern editions and facsimiles. Publishes editions of early music, music for recorder, and music for organ. Sells music for recorders, guitars, and chamber ensembles. Publisher of performing editions of baroque and classical music. freesheetmusic.net, with links to hundreds of sites offering thousands of files. Publisher of music of the 17th and 18th centuries in facsimile. Publisher of facsimiles and editions of early music. Publisher of music for early instruments and voice. Dealers for over 30 years in rare materials relating to Music and Dance dating from the 15th to the 21st centuries. Publisher of performance editions of Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque music for recorder, other early wind instruments, and viols. Specialist in early music, sends music editions and books on music all around the world. Michigan Avenue, Suite 904, Chicago, Illinois 60605; or phone 312-987-1196. Virtual Sheet Music, classical (including Baroque) sheet music downloads. Sometimes they’re quite easy to spot, other times they can be tricky or impossible. So, you’ve got a piece of music in front of you, no date is printed on it. (MRA.2)" width="300" height="234" srcset="https://musicb3.files.wordpress.com/2016/02/watermark.jpg? w=300&h=234 300w, https://musicb3.files.wordpress.com/2016/02/watermark.jpg? w=600&h=468 600w, https://musicb3.files.wordpress.com/2016/02/watermark.jpg? w=150&h=117 150w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" / With pre-20th century music, it can be a good idea to see if there’s a watermark.(Only now is this beginning to change, with the advent of computer programs for music notation.) Even after the perfecting of music printing techniques in the 16th century, when music was printed using moveable type and later by engraving, and the burgeoning of a trade in music publishing, much music continued to be written out by hand and circulated in manuscript.Printing music was expensive, time-consuming and complex; copying out music by hand could be done relatively cheaply and quickly, especially when a few copies only of a particular composition were needed.Fahey said that Larrikin "should be entitled to collect an appropriate settlement" but then "should allow the song its own life so as to ensure future young Australians can sing and perform it for generations to come, without limitation.We are a new kind of music company for a new world.