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date: 17 June 2019

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This chapter discusses music collecting as another expression of the music market and publishing industry. Music collecting is an activity closely associated with music-producing systems, but in the musicological arena, the phenomenon of “collecting” as a broader human phenomenon tout-court—a historical, socio-anthropological, economic manifestation of the same system—appears to be a field of only marginal interest, little explored and only rarely confronted as a topic for autonomous research, consigned, rather, to studies of a bibliographic nature, catalogues, and essays on single collections, collectors, or antiquarian firms. Also important to this discussion are reflections on the social dynamics of the production and transmission of collectible objects, specifically the privately owned autographs that circulate under the radar and inspire the work conducted in OperaCat.

Keywords: autographs, collecting, antiquarian, music collecting, OperaCat

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