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date: 18 June 2019

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Editing older music enables its performance, analysis, and assessment. Although there are various approaches to editing, such as the classic and copy-text methods and Lachmannian stemmatics, the goal should always be to present the musical text in a form that is true to its author and its interpreters. Digital technology can augment the editor’s work. The case study of Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia illustrates the many decisions—varying according to the circumstances of the music’s composition and transmission—that an informed editor must make when working with a composer’s autograph score; when there is no autograph, as is the case with the overture to Barbiere, the editor’s task is even more complex. Supplementary materials are provided by the Barbiere critical edition to assist singers in understanding early nineteenth-century Italian opera performance conventions.

Keywords: autograph, Barbiere, copy-text, editing, Lachmann, performance, Rossini, stemmatics, transmission

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