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What is your favorite Edition?
Henle Verlag
33%
 33%  [ 4 ]
Peters
0%
 0%  [ 0 ]
Schirmer
16%
 16%  [ 2 ]
Dover
8%
 8%  [ 1 ]
Alfred Pub.
8%
 8%  [ 1 ]
Other
33%
 33%  [ 4 ]
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 29, 2004 12:22 am    Post subject: Favorite Edition Reply with quote

What is your favorite edition for Music?

For me, it's a tie between peters and schirmer, because of pricing/quality.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 29, 2004 1:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What about URTEXT? They would probably be my favorite. Not fully cheap, but probably the best editions out there.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 29, 2004 4:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I put "Other" for EMB, Durand, and Barenreiter. Great quality, great selection, great price, great look! I love all three. I have quite a few Henle books, though, and of course love the supreme quality of text....but how about that price?? Still, I get those if I, for some reason, feel it's necessary or otherwise justified. For quality-to-price, I go to Peters, and I admire Dover's expansive list of published works (I go to them if I want good collections of semi-rare scores at dirt cheap prices...if at a sacrificed degree of quality...). Alfred Publishers was king when I was just starting......but now I much prefer the others.

As some of you know, I have a reasonably extensive experience with buying sheet music...a practice that seems unfashionable in present times...
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 29, 2004 5:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

PianistSk8er wrote:
What about URTEXT? They would probably be my favorite. Not fully cheap, but probably the best editions out there.


Urtext is not a edition, just a type of sheetmusic i think, means 'unedited'.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 29, 2004 12:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't know the exact translation for Urtext, but I think it could be described as "First Text".


I like the Henle, because it reads really nicely, it doesn't hurt the eyes when you concentrate on it for a really long time, and the note size is perfect. But the edition is only good if the editor is.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 29, 2004 7:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

SteinwayModelD wrote:
PianistSk8er wrote:
What about URTEXT? They would probably be my favorite. Not fully cheap, but probably the best editions out there.


Urtext is not a edition, just a type of sheetmusic i think, means 'unedited'.


Yeah, Anime's right. Urtext refers to the authenticity of the edition, in comparison to the original published score. If your music says Urtext, chances are its from a reputable publisher and you'll find few discrepancies between it and the original edition; most times, the music is even documented in an index to provide in-depth information that led the editors to their decisions in regards to the notation of the music.

Chances are also good that you're thinking about Henle Urtext, which seems to be the most common Urtext edition in sheet music stores...and also the most expensive, generally. But you get what you pay for.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 30, 2004 10:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I prefer Wiener Urtext to Henle Urtext, but for other editions, I like Peters (despite the sometimes ridiculous fingerings and small notes that are almost unreadable.)
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 30, 2004 11:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like Dover.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 30, 2004 11:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Scriabinist wrote:
I prefer Wiener Urtext to Henle Urtext, but for other editions, I like Peters (despite the sometimes ridiculous fingerings and small notes that are almost unreadable.)


I think the problem with Peters isn't really small notes but illegible print! The notes seem to run together as opposed to the laserlike precision of Henle (a result of bad copying, obviously). And, yes, the fingerings can be pretty bad. Nevertheless, it's one of my favourite editions as well.

Kalmus (or something very similar to that--sorry, I dunno if that's the exact name) is one for awfully small text and dreadful everything-else. Their edition of Liszt's Etudes is ridiculous. The book is many times smaller than the typical music book and would make for a devil of a time for any pianist. Of course, it makes the music look much harder than it is already...not that that's really a good thing...(On a side note, Henle's often makes the music appear much easier than it actually is, and that can be a bad thing as well..for me, anyway)
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 01, 2004 1:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Henle is good, but falls apart easily, same with Peters and all the others. The only one I can think of that really sticks together after 20+ years or so, is Boosey & Hawkes. But now, THOSE are expensive....


I HATE Dover's printing and layout.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 01, 2004 6:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, I thought about Boosey and Hawkes, but so far I have limited experience with them (you're right; it's the price that kills it!) Great edition, though.

I agree about the questionable quality of Dover's books--however, for sheer volume of repertoire, some of which is considerably obscure (mostly in that other editions of it are several times more expensive), I can't help but throw some support in their direction. Besides, I have them to thank for a great edition (edt. by Busoni) of the Liszt etudes and another of misc. Alkan pieces, all of which were quite cheap.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 01, 2004 8:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dover all depends on from where they copied it, heh.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 19, 2004 2:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

One of the fewer times where I look at the pricetag befor the product is when Im buying sheet music.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 19, 2004 11:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

An!ma` wrote:
Dover all depends on from where they copied it, heh.


Yeah, heh. But I have to say that in general their Chopin is as high standard as you'd want (though I've heard people say that they miss notes out...but I've not found a case of that yet)
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 20, 2004 12:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A lot of my Chopin editions are...hmm...Paderewski, I guess? Does that make sense? (Sorry, I'd take a closer look but I'm upstairs and they're down...) I'm not sure if that's what they're actually called, but they're kind of off white and look relatively nice. It's a good edition, though, even though I haven't played anything from the books yet (cor, I have ALL of Chopin's main bodies of music and so far I've only played a handfull of pieces...). I've also got Alfred and a lot of Henle for the rest of Chopin. Oh, yeah, and Schirmer for his Sonatas and E minor concerto...for some reason...
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