Urtext, que me veux-tu?

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
John Salmon, Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/

Abstract: Scholars of sonata form will pardon my paraphrase of Fontenelle's eighteenth-century query, "Sonata, what do you want of me?," reformulated here for present-day performers: "Urtext, what do you want of me?" We live in an age that values the urtext, and that is a good thing. While I cannot speak for other instrumentalists—oboists, trumpeters, guitarists, and all those that make up the study of performance at the college level—I know that pianists are very concerned with the editions from which they learn or teach masterworks. Gone are the days when piano teachers assign a Beethoven sonata without discussion of the recommended edition(s).

Additional Information

College Music Society Newsletter
Language: English
Date: 2002
Music, college performance, philosphy of music

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