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Measures before the start of the piece

The piece is "Es ist ein Ros entsprungen," and it was composed in the 1600s by Michael Praetorius. This score is edited.

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This shows the original key and the original clefs and the original note lengths. It is a so-called "incipit".

  • It's interesting that the incipit has the same notes with the same pitch and key and twice the length - but still with the split common time symbol. I might post this as a separate question. – Tom Sharpe Dec 1 '17 at 11:27
  • The so-called "cut time" is often very flexible, particularly in (very) old scores. Here's a reference, which shows at least two different values for "cut time": [dolmetsch.com/musictheory4.htm] – Brian Chandler Dec 2 '17 at 18:07

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