Martin Cooke Posted August 5, 2010 Share Posted August 5, 2010 I am glad that the topic I started on Bach registration has "run on" - I have found it very interesting and have enjoyed following up the links. I am not sure if this topic has been rehearsed before, but I am also interested in editions. I was brought up on Novello and very unscholastically would happily refer to the pieces by their volume number - "C major - Book ," "C major - Book 9." My Novello scores have many useful markings, fingerings etc and my policy in the last few years has been to switch to Barenreiter when I had the time to re-learn a piece. I feel "virtuous" about doing this, and I appreciate the limited prefatory material in each volume, and I am often taken by surprise at the different variations of each piece - in Barenreiter Volume 6, for example, there are several versions of the Legrenzi Fugue (not that I have ever played any of them), and there is a D minor version what we all might think of as a Prelude and Fugue in C minor (Novello Book 2 - the dull one with the opening pedal solo). There is virtue in using the "best" edition and by that I believe Barenreiter is widely accepted at the most scholarly edition of Bach, and there is also great value I have found in looking at music I have played and with I am very familiar set out afresh. But, actually, are there any changes in the notes? (I know there are notational corrections in the Toccata in F and the Fantasia in G or should we call it Piece d'Orgue) It is certainly not in any sense easier or more helpful to learn a piece from the B edition, in my experience - indeed, when I learned the E minor (BWV 548) (OK - Novello Book 8), last summer, I ended up pasting into the B edition the opening section of the prelude from the N edition. I don't have a specific question to pose here, but an airing of views would be interesting and informative and, I hope, not just for me. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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