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Ysaÿe, Eugène - Six Sonatas, Op 27 - Violin solo - G Henle Verlag URTEXT

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Eugène Ysaÿe was a legendary violinist who left a great legacy to modern players, especially in his Six Sonatas for Solo Violin, Op. 27. These sonatas are virtuosic works, each dedicated to other great violinists of Ysaÿe's day, including Enesco, Kreisler, and Szigeti. Like Paganini's 24 Caprices, they stretch players to the outer limits of their physical capabilities; like Bach's Six Sonatas and Partitas, they are deep and rich in character.

This Urtext edition contains the composer's original fingerings and markings, and is edited by Norbert Gertsch, with a foreword by Michel Stockhem. Published by G. Henle Verlag.

Difficulty: ASTA grade 6

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  • Vendor Item Number: 51480776
  • Publisher: Henle Urtext Edition
  • UPC Number: 884088178840
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  • Length in inches: 1225
  • Width in inches: 925
  • Weight in ounces: 93
  • Number of pages: 66

Item Includes


Sonata No. 1 in g minor (for Joseph Szigeti)
Sonata No. 2 in a minor, "Obsession" (for Jacques Thibaud)
Sonata No. 3 in d minor, "Ballade" (for Georges Enesco)
Sonata No. 4 in e minor (for Fritz Kreisler)
Sonata No. 5 in G Major (for Mathieu Crickboom)
Sonata No. 6 in E Major (for Manuel Quiroga)

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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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