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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

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

Kenneth Hamilton

Oxford University Press

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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