Roding Music publishes practical performing editions of West Gallery church music. They are not intended to be scholarly critical editions. Some are from printed sources, some from manuscripts, and many are a conflation of several sources. The emphasis in editing is on performability, rather than any attempt to produce an urtext or “authentic” version.
When there is a printed source, and where space permits, editorial notes are sometimes added. Where there is what appears to be a printing or copying error, these are corrected, and noted if space permits. Where the range of the music is rather high, transpositions are made. Some settings have had parts reallocated, for example to avoid divided tenors. In many cases adjustments to the text underlay are made, in order to avoid the verbal solecisms which attracted so much adverse comment during the West Gallery period.
The editor is delighted to answer any queries about sources or any other editing matter.