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Beethoven, Ludwig van - Variations WoO 45, Op 66, WoO 46 - for Cello and Piano - edited by Jonathan Del Mar - Bärenreiter

Beethoven, Ludwig van - Variations WoO 45, Op 66, WoO 46 - for Cello and Piano - edited by Jonathan Del Mar - Bärenreiter | 3522 162
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Beethoven’s three sets of cello variations comprise the Twelve Variations on a Theme from Händel’s Oratorio ‘Judas Maccabeus’ (WoO 45), the Twelve Variations on the theme ‘Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen’ (op.66) from Mozart’s opera Die Zauberflöte” and the Seven Variations on the duet ‘Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen’ (WoO 46), also from Die Zauberflöte.

These works have existed in many different editions of varying quality, some of which have been reprinted with corrections to keep up to date with the latest scholarship. This new Bärenreiter Urtext edition, however, is the first to correctly provide all Beethoven’s rhythms in the violoncello. Since Beethoven’s autograph manuscript of op.66 is lost, the critical commentary (English) includes a complete facsimile of the violoncello part from the only surviving source (the first edition), illustrating the various problems encountered in determining the best musical text.

- With numerous corrections in the violoncello part
- Included in the critical commentary is a complete facsimile of the violoncello part of op. 66, as it appeared in the first edition


Title: Variations WoO 45, Op 66, WoO 46
Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
Editor: Jonathan Del Mar
Publisher: Bärenreiter
Instrumentation: Cello and piano
Parts Included: Piano score and cello part
Additional Information: Urtext

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What does Urtext mean? What makes this edition different than the others?

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Urtext basically means that this music is the earliest version of this piece of music, to which later versions can be compared. It serves as a baseline; it gives musicians and scholars an idea for the composer’s original intent. The reason that one would purchase an Urtext edition of music would be so that he or she has a musical text which solely reflects the composer’s intentions; creative interpretation can then be built upon those intentions. While it’s useful to purchase an Urtext edition so that one may get a feel for a composer’s intentions, it’s no guarantee of the composer’s exact writings. When a piece of music is edited or altered, it’s common for editors to add or subtract to the music as well as to edit performance methods. In many cases, it can be useful to purchase a thoroughly edited and altered version of a piece of music, because perhaps it will contain fingerings, bowings or musical performance ideas that will be useful to the performer or student who’s using it. Editions that are edited or arranged may also contain a different cadenza for a concerto. When deciding which edition to buy, it really does come down to personal preference. It’s also worth noting that there’s more than one publisher of the Urtext version of music. Some well-known publishers of Urtext versions include Henle, Bärenreiter and Breitkopf, among others. This comes from the G. Henle Verlag Publisher’s website: “There is no such thing as the one valid Urtext version of a musical composition, because the Urtext edition is not the same as a composer's manuscript. (Unfortunately even today many musicians believe this to be the case, for the word "Urtext" [original text] probably also supports this idea.) In most cases the Urtext editor has to choose between different readings in the primary sources: What is "correct", what is "wrong"? Often there is no clear answer. At all events, a good Urtext edition justifies the decision made (and printed).”

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