Handwritten source of music

A manuscript refers to a handwritten or handcrafted document, typically in the context of written works such as books, musical compositions, or historical texts. It represents the original or early form of a written work before it is printed or published.

In the realm of music, a musical manuscript specifically refers to a handwritten or hand-notated document that contains musical notation, such as sheet music or scores. It is used to record and preserve musical compositions before the advent of printing and engraving methods.

Musical manuscripts can vary in format and appearance depending on the time period and the individual composer's practices. They may be written on paper or parchment and often feature staff lines, notes, musical symbols, lyrics, and other annotations. Manuscripts may also include additional information such as tempo markings, dynamic indications, and performance instructions.

Studying and interpreting musical manuscripts can provide valuable insights into the composer's intentions, stylistic elements, and historical context of a piece of music. It allows musicians, scholars, and performers to access original or early versions of musical compositions and understand the artistic choices made by the composer.

Example of Manuscript

Ludwig van Beethoven - Symphony no. 9 (1824) (Manuscript Score)