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Topic: Best editions of Busoni?  (Read 1561 times)

Offline dsquared

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Best editions of Busoni?
on: July 05, 2004, 02:01:06 AM
Hello to everyone!
I will be working on the Bach-Busoni transcription Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C major. Does anyone know what good editions are out there for this work? My local music store said that Busoni usually comes in the Schirmer edition but I'm not too fond of Schirmer.  

I'm a newbie and I just wanted to say this is a great forum. Kudos to all participating!

dsquared

Offline donjuan

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Re: Best editions of Busoni?
Reply #1 on: July 05, 2004, 03:30:08 AM
I bought this book.  It is excellent.

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0486290506/qid=1088987288/sr=1-1/ref=sr_1_1/102-2635418-4392950?v=glance&s=books

Here is a table of Contents:

https://web.doverpublications.com/cgi-bin/toc.pl/0486290506

I highly recommend it- Clear notes, and cheap!!

Good Luck!
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Re: Best editions of Busoni?
Reply #2 on: July 05, 2004, 04:43:17 AM
Thanks donjuan,

In the table of contents it says reprinted from authoritative German editions. Does your book say WHICH German editions?

Thanks again for your help.

Cheers,
dsquared

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Re: Best editions of Busoni?
Reply #3 on: July 05, 2004, 05:04:02 AM
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Thanks donjuan,

In the table of contents it says reprinted from authoritative German editions. Does your book say WHICH German editions?

Thanks again for your help.

Cheers,
dsquared

ok I checked it out--> in the front cover, there is a Bibliographical note:
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This Dover edition, first published in 1996, is a new compilation of piano transcriptions originally published separately.  Praludium und Fuge D-dur, Orgel-Toccata d-moll, Chaconne d-moll and Orgel-Choralvorspiele, Heft I/II, were originally published by Breitkopf & Hartel, Wiesbaden, n.d.  Their "EB" (Edition Breitkopf) numbers are, respectively, 3355,1372,2334, and 2459/2460.  Toccata in C major was originally published as Vol. 1628 of Schirmer's Library of Musical Classics by G. Schirmer, inc., "Published 1942."  Prelude and Fugue in E-Flat was originally published in an unidentified authoritative edition, n.d.

The Dover edition adds: a Publisher's Note, list of contents, glossary and English heading throughout.  English translations have also been provided for footnotes on pp. 15 and 17.
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I hope you find the information you were looking for here- It does say the Toccata in C is reprinted from Schirmer's edition.  I also am not too fond of Schirmer, being throughly dissatisfied with the Chopin Etudes. But I checked out the score of the Toccata- It is very clear and should be great for you!

Hope I helped,
donjuan

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Re: Best editions of Busoni?
Reply #4 on: July 05, 2004, 06:37:56 AM
Many thanks! You have definitely help me out. I'll take your word for it.

Cheers,
dsquared

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Re: Best editions of Busoni?
Reply #5 on: July 05, 2004, 03:50:20 PM
For Busoni, it really doesn't matter which edition you use.
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