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Music Research - finding the score

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

Critical or Scholarly Editions

Critical or Scholarly Editions – (Also sometimes known as "Study scores" or "Historical editions") Are based on scholarly evaluation and comparison of sources, taking into account variant readings.  Editors examine all available editions of a given work, including sketches, manuscripts, publisher’s proof copies, early printed editions, etc. to create the most scholarly edition they can.  

  • Critical commentary is included that discusses any alterations in accidentals, notes, ornaments, and so forth.
  • References are included to any manuscript sources available and also to research on whether the composer made changes to the original (such as notes or cuts, etc.).
  • These editions are also sometimes called ‘complete works’ or ‘Gesamtausgabe’.