Authentic or inauthentic score?

• Jun 5, 2018 - 00:09

I have a PDF of what appears to be an authentic Prokofiev score scanned in from a paper manuscript. On closer inspection, I have found an unmistakable error. Is there a reason someone would do this deliberately? File here:…

Right at the top of page 19, there's the error. The melody is in the Bassoon part, the well-known Grandfather theme. The four accented notes should all be F-sharp. Instead, there are three D-sharp followed by one F-sharp. Then, in the middle of the page, the restatement of the theme has the correct four notes.

What gives? Does anyone want to field this?


Back in the days when maps were printed on paper, map publishing companies would print maps containing a unique (and harmless) error, which they would use as proof of copyright in cases of plagiarism. Could be music publishers, or composers, do something similar. This is totally blue sky. I am no expert.

In reply to by Timborino

That is what I was thinking. And I think it is also the case in John Powell's printed score for Dreamworks' Dragons soundtrack. I hear things in it and my ear demands that they be fixed. So I went and fixed them.
I would post the results, and I am waiting to hear back from the original transcriber who is currently inactive (and has been for some time) in the comment thread attached to the transcription on Musescore-dot-com. If I just go and upload my corrections without hearing back first, would that be crossing a line? (I also am just chomping at the bit to demo my soundfont improvements.)

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