[ ur-tekst, oor- ]
/ ˈɜrˌtɛkst, ˈʊər- /
noun (sometimes initial capital letter)
the original form of a text, especially of a musical composition.
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/ 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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