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Topic: Is Alfred reliable?  (Read 1614 times)

Offline chopincat

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Is Alfred reliable?
on: May 09, 2015, 12:58:23 AM
Do people generally think Alfred is a reliable/credible publisher? I've been buying Alfred Masterwork editions for most of my life because they're inexpensive and they're not Schirmer. Should I be splurging on the nicer editions? (I'm just a high school student)

Offline j_menz

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Re: Is Alfred reliable?
Reply #1 on: May 09, 2015, 01:37:45 AM
They're about my last choice. I generally find the print quality poor, though there are happy exceptions to that. They tend to be better for more commonplace repertoire than more obscure stuff.
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Online chopinlover01

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Re: Is Alfred reliable?
Reply #2 on: May 11, 2015, 03:17:15 AM
I have some alfred masterwork books that are decent, but IMO the ever so controversial Schirmer editions tend to be better. My main volume of theirs is the Chopin Preludes, and I have a copy of the Chopin Nocturnes in Alfred as well (though I also have a Schirmer edition of those, which is more reliable).
As far as more expensive editions are concerned, I've found that they're great gifts from many elderly relatives; those that don't want to just give money or a gift card. Especially if they're musically inclined. My grandmother, for instance (who was my piano teacher until a few years ago and who still teaches) for the last two years has given me a Henle Urtext each birthday and holiday season.

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