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Bracketed Numbers in Verdi Requiem Peters Edition

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Initial post: Jan 28, 2008, 11:32:56 AM PST
C. Guerin says:
Can anyone answer a theory/composition and/or publisher marking question re: the Verdi Requiem, Peters Edition?

On page 16 of the Vocal Score Peters Edition, measure 138, there are numbers in brackets after each solo voice section's final word. [38], [29], [38], [29].

on page 75, measure 698, [78] appears after the final syllable of the solo soprano part
on page 91, measure 214, [104], [104], [109], [109] - again after the final syllable of the movement
on page 108, measure 72, [117] appears after the final syllable of the solo soprano part
on page 120, measure 43, [125] - not at the end of the movement, but just before a grand pause

I've emailed Peters and received this very unsatisfying answer:

"I'm afraid that we at Peters are as puzzled as you as to the meaning of the bracketed numbers. We feel that they are almost certainly redundant, unhelpful details which may simply indicate how many bars a certain part sings, although this is not universally applied. Significantly, the numbers do not appear on the full score so I shouldn't worry about them."


In reply to an earlier post on Jun 4, 2008, 9:42:39 AM PDT
The numbers reflect the next page on which the soloist sings.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 4, 2008, 10:11:33 AM PDT
C. Guerin says:
Thanks for solving this mystery...even the folks at Peters couldn't tell us!
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