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After the Golden AgeRomantic Pianism and Modern Performance$
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Kenneth Hamilton

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195178265

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195178265.001.0001

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 The Letter of the Score

 The Letter of the Score

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(p.179) 6 The Letter of the Score
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After the Golden Age
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Kenneth Hamilton

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195178265.003.0006

This chapter analyses the evolving attitudes regarding strict adherence to the musical score or otherwise, aided by a discussion of the development of editing, of Urtext editions, and of the piano from the late 18th- to the 20th-century. It is argued that musicians today often treat a musical score with an unhistorical and pedantic reverence unlikely to have been the norm during the time most standard-repertoire scores were themselves written.

Keywords:   musical scores, editing, Urtext, repertoire, evolution of the piano

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