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On the production of editions


The Editorial Board chooses editors and establishes the priority of upcoming editions. Ideas and input from performers, enthusiast and others are important in this planning. The Editor in Chief and the Editorial Board share duties in the process of quality assurance, leaning on the general guidelines of Norwegian Musical Heritage Editions.


Most of our editions are critical editions, based on a thorough study and comparison of the sources connected to each work. Still the editions are optimized for practical use in performances. There are usually no markings in the scores showing details of the editing process. Such information is rather placed in the Critical Reports where lists of editorial emendations and variants can be found.

Detailed work catalogues produced by Norwegian National Heritage are important resources in the editorial work. In these catalogues the history of the works and the sources are described and analysed. The character of the compositional process, the performance history of a work and the general notational style of each composer are studied. Research into the communication between a composer and a publisher usually gives quite essential information needed in the editing process.

We believe such a critical evaluation of the sources can help securing good choices of emendations and variants for the editions. Our aim is also to offer complete and transparent documentation of each step in the editing process.



Both of these notational softwares are used in Norwegian Musical Heritage.



In close cooperation with the designers at TANK Norwegian Musical Heritage has developed a unique design for the publications.



All editions are subjected to a thorough process of proofreading. Our aim is that each edition should be tested in rehearsals and performances in a preliminary form prior to the final printing process.



The internet site of Norwegian Musical Heritage is meant to be an important gateway to the Norwegian musical repertoire. The ambition is that the site will give access to digitalized sources, editions and knowledge in a unique and interactive way.



Our close cooperation with the Danish Centre for Music Editing (DCM) has made it possible for Norwegian Musical Heritage to use an advanced data-tool for work catalogues and editing, MerMEId, developed at the DCM. MerMEId is the fundament of our work on catalogues, for example in our pilot project, Johan Svendsens Verker (The Complete Works by Johan Svendsen). MerMEId is xml-based, so all the data can be published with very much flexibility. We believe MerMEId to be a ground-breaking tool in presenting knowledge about Norwegian music.

The details of all the works published by Norwegian Musical Heritage are registered in MerMEId. All relevant sources have been collected, registered and studied. Usually the sources are also digitalized and these scans are made available on the internet.

The registration in MerMEId usually includes the following:

Information on important dates, places and events connected to the work.

Detailed information about the first performance and other significant performances.

Detailed information on eventual vocal texts and the authors of such texts.

Information about how a work eventually is divided into smaller sections or movements.

Estimated duration.

General classification of the sources regarding content, presentation, authority, instrumentation, state, completeness etc.

Page number and format of a source.

Complete details of title pages.

Description of the different components in complex sources such as for example sets of parts.

Description of all printed editions with the inclusion of plate numbers, edition numbers, name of publisher, place and date.

Description of significant copies of printed editions, for example annotated copies that has belonged to the composer or performers close to him/her.

Description of hand written sources regarding provenance, catalogue numbers in library collections, including links to published scans.

Information about who has written a manuscript, later inscriptions, writing tools etc.

Information about type of paper, number of staffs, pagination, covers, details on title pages, number of blank pages etc. in a manuscript.

End datings and other important inscriptions in a manuscript source.

Information about secondary sources (letters, diaries, notebooks, articles, literature etc.) giving information on a work’s creation history, performance history and/or reception history, with links to eventual transcriptions or scans of such sources.


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