The term ‘historical edition’ may be applied to any music publication that is devoted to a past repertory. The class of historical edition most valuable for the study of original versions of past music is the ‘scholarly’ or ‘critical’ edition.
Historical editions can be further subdivided as:
Charles, S., Hill, G., Stephens, N., & Woodward, J. Editions, historical. Grove Music Online. Retrieved 31 Oct. 2021, from https://www-oxfordmusiconline-com.ezproxy.haverford.edu/grovemusic/view/10.1093/gmo/9781561592630.001.0001/omo-9781561592630-e-0000008552.
Musical Monuments (also known as ‘Denkmäler’) are collected editions that focus on a particular country, region, or type of music rather than in a specific composer. Browse the M1-M2 section in the Scores Stacks area of the Nan & Bill Harris Music Library.
Collected Works (also known as Complete Editions or Gesamtausgabe) are Scholarly Editions of sets of printed music of a composer’s complete works. They are compiled by scholarly editors to try to give the closest indication of what the composer truly intended. Collected Works include a Critical Commentary that discusses any alterations in the edition (notes, accidentals, ornaments, dynamics, etc. The editors refer to any manuscript sources available and also research whether the composer later made changes (such as notes or cuts, etc.).
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