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In Praise of Performance Parts

Wednesday, August 19, 2020 9:00:00 AM America/Chicago

By David C. Birchler

Performance parts are often overlooked or placed last in a list of sources. It is understandable that an extant autograph score is considered to be the primary source for a symphony, concerto, mass, or opera; or that a copyist’s score or published score, particularly one prepared under the composer’s supervision, would be chosen as primary source if the autograph is lost or presents an earlier or indeed superseded version of the work. But parts have a strength of their own in that they are specifically tailored to meeting the needs of individual players for the realization of the work in performance. Taking careful account of available source parts as you are preparing your edition will often provide details of notation that are only implied in the source score and make your job that much easier.

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Critical Notes 101: Some Dos and Don’ts

Monday, June 29, 2020 9:00:00 AM America/Chicago

By Esther Criscuola de Laix

What are critical notes? Well, many of our editions say that “critical notes describe rejected source readings” or “differences between the source and the edition” that are not otherwise covered by the editorial methods. It sounds straightforward enough. Yet many volume editors find this to be one of the most fiddly and confusing parts of the editing process. So, here are some dos and don’ts to help dispel the confusion.

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Word Processing Tips for A-R Authors

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 3:00:00 PM America/Chicago

By Esther Criscuola de Laix

Congratulations, you’ve got your A-R contract in hand! This means you are probably working busily away at one or more portions of your text apparatus as outlined in our guidelines for Manuscript and Disk Preparation: table of contents, acknowledgments, introduction, critical report, and, if applicable, tables, captions, and a “Texts and Translations” section. Here are a few simple tips for using your word processor to prepare a clean, readable text apparatus that will be a joy to work with for both editor and typesetter.

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Accidentals, Form, and Function—More from the Copyeditor's Desk

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 10:00:00 AM America/Chicago

By Alexander Dean

A further investigation into accidentals in modern editions of early music, this post deals with the challenges presented by various sources, and how the editor might go about choosing from the available options.

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Purposeful Accidentals

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 3:00:00 PM America/Chicago

By Pamela Whitcomb

Developing an editorial policy for accidentals can be tricky business, and there is no one-size-fits-all solution. Converting from archaic conventions to modern ones often means prioritizing either form or function: form-based approaches favor editorial transparency, while function-based approaches prioritize clarity of content. 

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