From Print to CD
The preservation and interpretation of music that is more than two hundred
years old and its transmission through several generations is by no means
straightforward—even in the case of a work like K. 450, whose sources
are well preserved. Even the best sources do not contain "the music"
but rather only an incomplete set of instructions for realizing "the
music"—a process that is far from transparent. As musical styles,
pianos and piano playing changed, Mozart's style was no longer the prevailing
one and needed to be explained in textbooks and pedagogical editions.
Eventually there was a rebellion against the overlay of opinions found
in most editions and with that rebellion there arose a demand for Urtext
("original text") editions. The following items illuminate some
of the steps in the transmission of K. 450 from Mozart's time to ours.
to How did Mozart Compose?
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