The term 'music sketch' relates to the vast variety of documents that are used by composers to work out a musical technique or idea and to prepare their work for performance or publication. These documents can often provide crucial insights into authorship, biography, editorial practice and musical analysis. This introduction provides students and scholars with the kwledge and skills they need to embark on research projects involving the study of composers' working documents. Presenting examples of the compositional process over a 400-year period, it includes a selection of detailed case studies on how sketches were created and the techniques that were used, such as transcription and the sorting of loose leaves. Numerous illustrations of manuscripts and autographs, many of which have never been published before, show how these vital documents can be used to better understand compositional processes.
Friedemann Sallis is a professor in the Department of Music at the University of Calgary. His publications include A Handbook to Twentieth-Century Musical Sketches (co-edited with Patricia Hall, 2004), Centre and Periphery, Roots and Exile: Interpreting the Music of Istvan Anhalt, Gyorgy Kurtag and Sandor Veress (co-edited with Robin Elliott and Kenneth DeLong, 2011), and numerous articles on twentieth-century music. He has acquired broad experience within the field of sketch studies, particularly with twentieth-century composers and performers, including Gyorgy Kurtag, Gyorgy Ligeti, Luigi Nono and Glenn Gould.