I'm working on Bottesini's Elegy in D. I've heard that when you get a score from a publisher for an older work like this, markings for bowing, like slurs and finger positions and such are just recommended or suggested by the publisher, but may or may not be the original composer's markings. Is this so? I ask because I may do this piece for the state highschool contest next year, and what I see on the page is different from what I hear in recordings. The pitches are all the same, but there are left handed plucks in my score, and I may just not be able to hear it (not to boast, but this is unlikely, besides, a left handed pluck makes a much different sound than a bowed note), but I'm pretty sure that there aren't any in any recording that I've heard. It doesn't even seem like a type of song that would include that. I'd like to alter a few minor things like that when I perform this, would this be allowed at a competetition? It's a very soloistic piece, with room for expression anyways. I'm not changing anything as big as the pitch, just taking out a few plucks and moving or removing a few slurs. Any help would be apprieciated. Thanks!