urtext

Definitions:

  • The original text, as of a musical score or a literary work.
  • A <xref>primitive</xref>, <xref>seminal</xref>, or <xref>prototypical</xref> <xref>example</xref> of an <xref>artistic</xref> <xref>genre</xref> or the <xref>basis</xref> of an <xref>ideological</xref> <xref>movement</xref>.
  • The original <xref>version</xref> of a piece of music, as created by the <xref>composer</xref>.
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