American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The original text, as of a musical score or a literary work.
- ur- + text (Wiktionary)
- German : ur-, original; see Ursprache + Text, text (from Middle High German, from Late Latin textus); see text. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Critics, meanwhile, judge performances by the degree of textual fidelity to the "urtext" -- a score that tries to reproduce the composer's original intent.”
“Mr. Orenstein's "Mother Goose" edition, a so-called urtext, will contain textual notes setting out the differences between the composer's manuscript and the existing Durand score to accompany the musicologist's corrected score.”
“Reading the French that I don't understand parts of, and the English that I don 't feel is quite right, has left me with the strange sensation that the book I'm actually reading is a third version, a sort of urtext, which is not written.”
“When Benjamin Graham and David L. Dodd wrote the value-investing urtext, Security Analysis, in 1934, the rules were more hard-and-fast.”
“Not only had Obama actually supplied the urtext of his campaign by writing "Dreams from My Father," the story of his antecedents and life, he also managed to turn his biracial origins into an advantage, offering himself, in Remnick's words, as "an embodiment of multi-ethnic inclusion when the country was becoming no longer white in its majority.”
“The Treatise veers between the insecure pompousness and pompous insecurity of a man who dons bling on dirty fingers and then sets out to create the urtext of social seemliness.”
“Even the learned, though I trust them on facts and on urtext (hoping that their own colleagues will have kept them in line about these things), I do not consider responsible as judges of content.”
“Olney's reply, handed down at the very dawn of Big Government, should be regarded as an urtext of the regulatory state:”
“Time machines stayed in fashion through the atomic age, undergoing both design and thematic updates that often cast them as vehicles for cautionary tales of science gone awry: See Ray Bradbury's seminal short story A Sound of Thunder (the "butterfly effect" urtext) and the BBC's Doctor Who .”
“The urtext was important, but it was not the last word: The pianist's instinct for what the composer was trying to say carried considerable weight.”
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