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Editing Early Music (Oxford Early Music) Paperback – December 28, 1995

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  • Series: Oxford Early Music (Book 5)
  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 2 edition (December 28, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198165447
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198165446
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,618,367 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Should be owned, not just read once, by aspiring editors and by all who direct performances of early music....Brief, but packed with sound advice, sensible admonitions, useful information, observation and common sense."--Early Music

"An excellent and highly stimulating introduction to the issues."--Notes

About the Author

John Caldwell is at University of Oxford.

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By Gavioli Maurizio on February 27, 2013
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The book is not about how to establish the text of an early music edition, for instance, it assumes the reader already knows about ficta, perfectio or coloration; rather it is about how to format and lay out the text once established, in order to make the score and its appratus reliable, consistent, complete, clear and readable. In this, it is in my opinion invaluable.

The book is divided in three main chapters dealing with Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque sources respectively (plus a number of introductory and collateral chapters and appendices); whatever the specialisation of each reader is, reading the whole book is recommended, to gather the 'big picture' and the general guide lines.

Inevitably, not everybody will agree with any of its suggestions; but in all the cases, the possible alternatives are described and their respective pros and cons explained, enhabling the reader to ask himself the 'right' questions and make his own informed decisions, which is possibly the greatest merit of this work. To note the constant attention to the areas of possible contrast between series policies and individual edition policies, a potential sources of many contrasts and struggles.

In conclusion, this book, even if rather slim, does its job with competence, is appropriate and reasonably complete. Recommended to anybody working with early music editions.
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