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Music Research - finding the score

How to locate music scores for research and performance at Trexler Library.

Performing editions

Performing editions are scores that have been edited by publishers and teachers / performers to include fingerings, phrasing, and sometimes tempo indications. Performing editions range in quality, but you'll find that publishers such as Henle, Wiener Urtext*, Breitkopf and Hartel (among others) tend to put out better editions.

Some words associated with performing editions include:

  • 'Scores and parts' for instrumental ensembles and 
  • Vocal score (or Piano-vocal score) for singers and choral groups.

*Urtext is a German term meaning first/prime/original (text); these editions have very little editorial intervention with the intention that in this way they represent composer’s original intentions.