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Verification of Source Material
The texts in this collection come from a variety of different sources
including published scores, published poetry collections and books, CD
booklets, and concert programs. Details about specific settings also
come from bibliographies and catalogs, sometimes score unseen.
Because composers sometimes make changes to the texts they set to
music, we try to show these changes in footnotes. Indication will also
be made of where such comparisons have been performed or where
they need to be performed.
When one of the following colour-coded labels appears beside the name of the author of a text, it refers to the text as a stand-alone work,
i.e., as one would see it in a poetry collection, play, or book.
When the label appears beside the details of a given composer's setting, it refers to the text as sung, that is,
as it would be found in the musical score without repeated phrases.
When possible we will provide bibliographic
information. Some on-line sources regarded as reliable for poetry
are websites such as Bartleby, Zeno.Org - Meine Bibliothek, Gutenberg, Wikisource.
Many primary sources are also available online at Google Books,
Project Gutenberg, and
the Petrucci Music Library (formerly the International Music Score Library Project, IMSLP).
Your help in verifying questionable texts is greatly
appreciated! Please contact us via e-mail at
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Please indicate if your source is a score, CD booklet, concert program(me), poetry book, or internet poetry website.