Definitions for urtextˈʊərˌtɛkst, ˈɜr-
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
the original form of a text, esp. of a musical composition.
Category: Common Vocabulary
* (sometimes cap.).
Origin of urtext:
A primitive, seminal, or prototypical example of an artistic genre or the basis of an ideological movement.
The original version of a piece of music, as created by the composer.
Urtext is a word of German origin; ur- means "original," and text is as in English. In the humanities and social sciences, the word is often used in a metaphorical fashion to refer to a primitive, seminal, or prototypical example of an artistic genre or the basis of an ideological movement. For examples of such usage, see External Links below. In classical music, the term has a more literal meaning, namely the version of the music as it was created by the composer; see Urtext edition. In Biblical Studies, Urtext refers to the original text of the Bible, the text that is believed to precede both the Septuagint and the Masoretic text.
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