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The Romance of the Critical Edition

in Divas and Scholars

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print September 2006 | ISBN: 9780226304823
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226304885 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226304885.003.0005
The Romance of the Critical Edition

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Critical editions of nineteenth-century Italian operas make available the best texts that modern scholarship, musicianship, and editorial technique can produce. A critical edition of Rigoletto is necessarily an interpretation of Verdi's Rigoletto. The difference is that a critical edition makes its substantive interventions graphically explicit and explains them in ample critical notes. Users of the score can ascertain where “Verdi's Rigoletto” ends and editorial intervention begins. A critical edition also differs from other editions in its insistence that the criteria for editorial interventions are clear and that such interventions are restricted to those that derive from Verdi's explicit indications or meet the levels of consistency and logic that reflect Verdi's notational practice. The critical editions continue to recognize the composer as the central figure in the Italian operatic landscape and seek, where possible, to reproduce his or her voice as fully and accurately as possible.

Keywords: critical editions; Italian opera; critical notes; editorial intervention; composers; Italian operatic landscape

Chapter.  14832 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Opera

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