| ||"There is probably no more pleasant and productive way to deepen and enrich one's understanding of a piece of music than a thorough and careful study of the composer's autograph... Among the features of an autograph that a musician might find especially enlightening are the expressive character of the composer's hand, his departures from conventions of notation, and traces of his mistakes, second thoughts, and corrections. Handwriting is an expressive gesture, akin to speech, singing, or playing an instrument. Compared to the composer's autograph, even the most beautiful printed score is like a waxwork figure compared to a living, breathing person." |
Carl Schachter, Review of Mozart - The Five Violin Concertos: A Facsimile Edition of the Autographs. The Strad, June, 1987, 446-51.