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Topic: Chopin's Mazurkas - Joseffy vs Alfred Masterworks  (Read 1317 times)

Offline shoshkalson

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Chopin's Mazurkas - Joseffy vs Alfred Masterworks
on: July 21, 2019, 01:45:56 PM
Hi all,

I'm going to start working on the Chopin Mazurkas (after a long, long break).

I know that the recommended editions are either Ekier or Paderewski, but my husband will kill me if I spend much more on music at this time.

I have the Joseffy edition which doesn't seem to be very highly regarded these days.

I can get the Alfred Masterworks edition quite cheaply ($9.99 on Kindle).

Is the Alfred edition a real improvement over the Joseffy?



Offline goldentone

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Re: Chopin's Mazurkas - Joseffy vs Alfred Masterworks
Reply #1 on: August 05, 2019, 08:30:06 AM
I would not hesitate to go with Joseffy as editor over the Alfred edition.
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Offline samdm93

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Re: Chopin's Mazurkas - Joseffy vs Alfred Masterworks
Reply #2 on: January 16, 2020, 11:34:14 PM
I have a few of the Alfred editions of Chopin's works and I personally love them. They're very good value and are good quality for what you pay for them. Most of them are edited by Willard A. Palmer who does a great job at retaining the copy-text and differentiating his own editorial material from the original. They're nicely laid-out and the bigger editions (Mazurkas, Polonaises) are ring-bound so they stay open on your piano stand. Also, they include length introductions, performance notes, and program notes which are all nice additions.

I don't own the Joseffy edition, but a quick Google confirmed for me that I'd still prefer the Alfred edition. Firstly, it's published by Schirmer who's editions I find too compact and the printing is sometimes small. The selling point of the Alfred is that they're newly engraved, whereas the Joseffy is just a reprint of a much older edition.


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