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Topic: Kalmus Beethoven Urtext editions ("font", engravings used etc.)  (Read 1063 times)

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I know there is lots of discussion about Beethoven Sonata editions, but this is a fairly unique question, having to do with how the score "hits my eye." I used to use the Schenker Dover editions, but gradually got turned off, more by the excessively large print that out fewer bars on each page. Somehow the pages look cluttered to me. I came to appreciate original 19th century Urtext editions for their aesthetic sense. More modern editions look too "modern" to me in some ways. I felt the older editions seemed to show a "feel" for the music, in some intangible way, the way some text fonts feel more right than others (Times Roman eg); the original urtexts had, to my eye, a more "classic German" flavor that my eyes seemed to absorb more easily than, say, Henle.

For the first 16 Sonatas I always (since phasing out the Schenker) used a quite old  Kalmus Belwyn Mills orange cover volume I picked up in a used shop. It seemed to fit my criteria. But I could never find the 16-32 volume from Kalmus of that vintage (orange cover), try as I might. It became a near obsession, because I liked the 1-16 volume so much. I did buy the modem Kalmus reprintings, which of course look like grotesque Xerox copies during a national toner shortage. Eventually I found something from Kalmus that appears "intermediate" for 16-32: Obviously more recent than the orange cover edition, but neither is it the modern "Xerox" run. It has a printed photographed sunset image (with overall orange hue) as its cover.

Moreover, the print inside is also "intermediate"! It's way better (crisper, darker etc) than photocopy, but not exactly like the older edition either. Traditional printing makes the ink seem more integral to the paper, less "stamped on" (the "photocopy" situation); this intermediate volume seems exactly that: exactly midway, in every respect, between the nice 1-16 edition and horrific modern 16-32 "photocopy" printings.

Are these all going to be from original German plates (same note sizes, layout,  details like trill indications, temp, etc)? I kind of thought so, but it felt different on my eyes. Yet 99% these criteria, everything matches (to online urtexts in ISMLP). Then I noticed the "Tr......" In the online Urtext follows the Tr with a wavy line and completion ("anchlag"?), yet the Kalmus usually just has "Tr", no wavy line or completion notes.

If from same plates/engraving how could this be different?

Can someone alleviate my near-obsessive perplexity on these mysteries???? Thank you so, so, so much!!!!!! You have no idea how OCD I've often been, trying to figure out if my eyes are playing tricks on me, and even getting turned off from practicing because of it?

Please BTW confine responses (deeply -very deeply- appreciated, no matter what), to this particular question, as opposed to recommendations of other editions, though if you have a particularly relevant idea about other editions in relation to what I said above), I might be interested. But primarily it's the Kalmus mystery and what engravings they're using or not using that interests me, at least right now.

Thank you so, so very much!!!!!