the Review of the Urtext Edition of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony
by Jonathan Del Mar
The new edition of the nine
Beethoven symphonies has of course been quite a major task, so it is with
some eagerness that I have been looking forward to a considered, professional
reaction from the world of musicology. Unfortunately, David Levy's
review in Beethoven Forum ("Urtext or Performing Edition?"
9/2, pp. 225–32) of the Urtext edition of the Ninth is something
of a different animal. I find myself somewhat bemused at the unremitting
attack that Professor Levy directs at me, and indeed to the extent to
which it is purely subjective (such as the imputation that my edition
is responsible for "new—and quite possibly false—traditions"
[p.232]) it is unanswerable; but to those substantive points that he makes,
I am delighted to have this opportunity of answering.