Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The original text, as of a musical score or a literary work.

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  • noun A primitive, seminal, or prototypical example of an artistic genre or the basis of an ideological movement.
  • noun music The original version of a piece of music, as created by the composer.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[German : ur-, original; see Ursprache + Text, text (from Middle High German, from Late Latin textus); see text.]

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ur- +‎ text

Examples

  • Critics, meanwhile, judge performances by the degree of textual fidelity to the "urtext" -- a score that tries to reproduce the composer's original intent.

    What Music Has Lost

  • 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.

    Four Lost Measures Found

  • 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.

    Qwaider Planet

  • 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.

    Qwaider Planet

  • 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.

    Qwaider Planet

  • 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.

    Qwaider Planet

  • 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.

    Qwaider Planet

  • 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.

    Qwaider Planet

  • When Benjamin Graham and David L. Dodd wrote the value-investing urtext, Security Analysis, in 1934, the rules were more hard-and-fast.

    What Would Warren Do?

  • When Benjamin Graham and David L. Dodd wrote the value-investing urtext, Security Analysis, in 1934, the rules were more hard-and-fast.

    What Would Warren Do?

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  • Earliest version of a text; original unmodified version. (from Phrontistery)

    May 25, 2008

  • Some scholars believe Shakespeare's Hamlet was based upon an earlier text that has not survived, and refer to that work as Ur-Hamlet.

    September 16, 2009