Book: New Mozart Edition
New Mozart Edition Complete Works in 20 volumes.
The New Mozart Edition (as an editorial project under the auspices of the Union der deutschen Akademien der Wissenschaften) was completed in 2007.
IN CONNECTION WITH THE CITIES OF MOZART
AUGSBURG, SALZBURG AND VIENNA
PUBLISHED BY THE
INTERNATIONAL FOUNDATION MOZARTEUM
THE NEW MOZART EDITION
TEXT · PICTURES · CHRONICLE
The New Mozart Edition, or Neue Mozart-Ausgabe (NMA), offers impeccable scholarly texts based on all available sources - primarily Mozarts autograph scores - while taking into account the needs of performers. Thus reads the standard preface appended to every volume in the series. It represents a dual claim combining two elements that seem, at first glance, mutually contradictory: scholarly exactitude and practical relevance. The NMA meets its scholarly claim by rigorously applying modern text-critical methods in the preparation of each volume. Yet the editorial labors are not always apparent in the clear musical texts themselves. To gain an impression of their true extent, users must take the trouble to read the usually lengthy Vorworte to each volume. Those who want an even clearer impression are invited to consult the associated Kritische Berichte, where they will find exhaustive information on the source materials and editorial decisions.
Although impeccable scholarly texts are the NMAs paramount objective, the new edition has also unearthed areas of Mozarts activity that were previously overlooked: Mozart the Learner in the publication of his musical notebooks, for example, or Mozart the Teacher as reflected in the composition studies of his pupils Attwood, Freistädtler, and Ployer. Light is also shed on Mozarts working methods with the publication of lavish editions of all his surviving sketches and fragments. Rounding off the series are collections of documents on his life and detailed accounts of the manuscript paper he used to write down his music.