The Peter Gellhorn Edition: General Statement and 16 associated scores

Bower, B. and Meyn, N. and Curran, T. (2016) The Peter Gellhorn Edition: General Statement and 16 associated scores. RCM Editions, Royal College of Music.

Abstract

A collection of Peter Gellhorn’s papers, including autograph manuscripts for all of his extant compositions, was donated to the British Library on 30th April 2010 and 20th July 2011 as Music Deposit 2010/15. The official reference for the collection is now MS Mus. 1800, and a complete catalogue can be found at http://www.petergellhorn.com/sheetmusic. Alongside sketches and drafts, the composition manuscripts include a number of autograph fair copies, written in ink, clearly notated, and with few corrections, suggesting that Gellhorn intended them to be regarded as authoritative. The manuscripts were donated by members of Gellhorn’s family, and since the vast majority of pieces were not published, there are generally no conflicting versions to consider. These fair copies can therefore used as the copy texts for an edition of Gellhorn’s music. The present edition aims to plot a path between two different approaches to transcription.

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