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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000110.txt from 2010/05

From: Tim Roberts <>
Subj: Re: [kl] mozart
Date: Mon, 10 May 2010 12:40:40 -0400

On Mon, 10 May 2010 10:11:43 -0500, Michael Nichols
<> wrote:
> On Fri, May 7, 2010 at 11:45 AM, Dan Leeson <> wrote:
>> > The term "urtext" derives from the biblical reference to the city of Ur,
>> > which is suggested to place where everything began; i.e., the origin.
> Where did you hear that, Dan? I've never heard that before.
> "Urtext" is a German word, and "Ur-" is a common German prefix that
> denotes that something is first or original. ...
> As far as I know, the prefix "Ur-" has been a part of the German
> language since time immemorial and has nothing to do with Ur of the
> Chaldeans (which was in what is present day Iraq, a little way's
> northwest of Basra).

Surely you must realize that the German language is much younger than
the Old Testament. I have no evidence thereof, but it would not
surprise me to learn that the German prefix "Ur-" itself derives from
the Biblical reference to the city of Ur.

Tim Roberts,
Providenza & Boekelheide, Inc.

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