urtext

urtext

[ur-tekst, oor-]
noun (sometimes initial capital letter)
the original form of a text, especially of a musical composition.

Origin:
1950–55; ur-3 + text

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Urtext (ˈuːrtɛkst)
 
n
1.  the earliest form of a text as established by linguistic scholars as a basis for variants in later texts still in existence
2.  an edition of a musical score showing the composer's intentions without later editorial interpolation
 
[from ur- original + text]

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