[ ur-tekst, oo r- ]
/ ˈɜrˌtɛkst, ˈʊər- /

noun (sometimes initial capital letter)

the original form of a text, especially of a musical composition.

Origin of urtext

First recorded in 1950–55; ur-3 + text
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British Dictionary definitions for urtext

/ German (ˈuːrtɛkst) /


the earliest form of a text as established by linguistic scholars as a basis for variants in later texts still in existence
an edition of a musical score showing the composer's intentions without later editorial interpolation

Word Origin for Urtext

from ur- original + text
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