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Offline ceoparis

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Best Publisher for Chopin
« on: December 18, 2012, 05:53:45 AM »
Hey all,

My entire piano library was recently destroyed by water damage and I am looking to replenish. Which publisher is the best for Chopin? Schirmer, etc. Any feedback would be great. I'm looking to buy the complete works (can be over several separate books). Thanks again.

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Re: Best Publisher for Chopin
«Reply #1 on: December 18, 2012, 12:34:15 PM »
i am very sorry for your loss. hopefully you you can replenish quickly and better and add some works you did not have.


I would go paderewski, as you can find inexpensive nice original vintage scores and modern reprints inexpensively (you do not want to buy new originals, i.e. there are official ones from poland and inexpensive versions that are reprinted domestically).
both avail here
http://www.presser.com/marketing/keyboard/chopin/paderewski.htm

also, these seem pretty legit and i believe as 'authentic' as you can get (i.e. i think they allow/encourage use of these for the chopin competition, and they are as finicky/picky as they can get).


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Re: Best Publisher for Chopin
«Reply #2 on: December 18, 2012, 04:40:36 PM »
Thank you very much for your advice! This was exactly what I was looking for!

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Re: Best Publisher for Chopin
«Reply #3 on: December 18, 2012, 05:50:43 PM »
Generally, I would go for paderewski
Cortot is interesting for the etudes and Pugno for the nocturnes

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Re: Best Publisher for Chopin
«Reply #4 on: December 18, 2012, 10:43:37 PM »
Stay away from Schirmer. 

I agree with the Paderewski.  Pay careful attention to pricing with these  As Enrique has explained, there are the international prints, and domestic ones.  There can be a significant difference in cost between the two.  Content of either is basically identical. 

If you want something more recent check out the National Edition, published by PWM. 
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Re: Best Publisher for Chopin
«Reply #5 on: December 19, 2012, 03:22:44 AM »
I'm going to disagree with the other posts in this forum and say that Henle is better than Paderewski, and maybe less expensive even. :)

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Re: Best Publisher for Chopin
«Reply #6 on: December 19, 2012, 05:59:04 PM »
Paderewski is good and so is Henle. Ideally, I would want both, as the former offers authentic (in the sense of living tradition handed down person-to-person) and intelligent editing while the latter offers scholarly adherence to Chopin's manuscripts or the closest available successors.
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Re: Best Publisher for Chopin
«Reply #7 on: December 19, 2012, 08:18:57 PM »
Paderewski is good

Indeed, but you need 16 reels of sticky tape.

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Re: Best Publisher for Chopin
«Reply #8 on: December 20, 2012, 12:15:30 AM »
Paderewski (as so many people said before) is pretty good

the Ekier (Polish National "urtext" edition) is good as well, it's hard to get and pretty expensive

It's available on Amazon.cn (Amazon's Chinese website) in a 13-volume set for about 40 or 50 USD though :p

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Re: Best Publisher for Chopin
«Reply #9 on: December 20, 2012, 02:31:42 AM »
It's available on Amazon.cn (Amazon's Chinese website) in a 13-volume set for about 40 or 50 USD though :p

Wow - there's a lot of great stuff there for remarkably good prices. Makes me wish I spoke Chinese so I could use it!

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Re: Best Publisher for Chopin
«Reply #10 on: December 20, 2012, 03:14:06 AM »
blah blah

no you can't. and you wouldn't want to
its a not-worth-learning language

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Re: Best Publisher for Chopin
«Reply #11 on: December 20, 2012, 04:44:45 AM »
no you can't. and you wouldn't want to
its a not-worth-learning language

How come? I took some lessons in Chinese many years ago and it was really nice..although my drawing skills are really bad, I even learned to write a little bit.

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Re: Best Publisher for Chopin
«Reply #12 on: December 20, 2012, 05:06:24 AM »
How come? I took some lessons in Chinese many years ago and it was really nice..although my drawing skills are really bad, I even learned to write a little bit.

Cool - me too!  Though it was in many ways an experience that confirmed my suspicion I had no talent for languages. Quite fascinating, though - and there's such a depth of literary history.

I understand that thesuineg is fom China, so I'm assuming that there was a joke there that did not survive translation.
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Re: Best Publisher for Chopin
«Reply #13 on: December 21, 2012, 09:53:38 AM »
Cool - me too!  Though it was in many ways an experience that confirmed my suspicion I had no talent for languages. Quite fascinating, though - and there's such a depth of literary history.

I understand that thesuineg is fom China, so I'm assuming that there was a joke there that did not survive translation.
despite a not particularly friendly attitude, jmenz is a funny guy

my first language was english tho

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Re: Best Publisher for Chopin
«Reply #14 on: December 21, 2012, 08:46:55 PM »
Paderewski always on point. Never get schirmers for chopin, the text is absolutely disgusting.

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Re: Best Publisher for Chopin
«Reply #15 on: December 29, 2012, 06:13:38 PM »
Quote from: cadenza14224 link=topic=49238.msg536823#msg536823 date
[...] Never get schirmers for chopin, the text is absolutely disgusting.
but all of them have an analytical preface that might help you