Of course, editorial interventions are always detectable on the page: pointed brackets are used for autograph materials derived from sources other than the principal source (the complete autograph manuscript of the opera); square brackets or dotted lines, as applicable, for additions of dynamics, articulation markings, tempo and expression indications, embellishments, "solo" or "a 2" indications, and any such markings as "pizz.
" or "arco" that are implied or advisable from the context but not present in the primary sources.
quasi string bass pizz.
" The vocal phrases are short and often interrupted by rests, with a few longer phrases.
First, the list of expressions created can now be reordered-although the display is not designed for over 100 of them--which allows, for example, tempo indications to be grouped separately from performance method indications (such as arco and pizz.
As in the Hamelle publication of the church version, the size of the page is practical for performance but the music typeface is much too small--certain indications (pizz.
, con sourd., dolce) as well as the measure numbers at the top of each page are very tiny indeed.
Other quibbles with the general layout of these scores concern the use of roman type for virtually every word and marking: vocal texts (of course), dynamics, tempo and expression markings, and all kinds of performance indications (con sord., pizz.