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Beethoven, Ludwig - Romances in F major and G major for Violin and Orchestra Op 50 - Op 40 - edited by Detlef Hahn - Bärenreiter

Beethoven, Ludwig - Romances in F major and G major for Violin and Orchestra Op 50 - Op 40 - edited by Detlef Hahn - Bärenreiter | 1043 162
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If you have played Beethoven’s popular Romances for violin, you have undoubtedly discovered how difficult it is to find an edition that has not been heavily edited, to the point that it makes it difficult to determine how the composer really wanted his works performed. This new Barenreiter Urtext edition has removed this guesswork, allowing you to stay true to Beethoven’s intentions . . . or to be free to interpret as your heart moves you.

Bärenreiter’s new Urtext edition of opp. 50 and 40 offers the score to op. 50 twice; the first score reflects the state of Beethoven’s autograph with editorial markings clearly indicated, the second score has been edited based on other works by Beethoven from that period. This manner of publishing remains true to the sources and at the same time offers musicians a reliable transparent score for performances.

In addition to the Urtext solo part, a second solo part with fingering and bowing by Detlef Mahn is also included in the piano reduction.
- Piano reduction which includes an Urtext solo part as well as an additional solo part with fingering and bowing
- The score to op. 50 available in two versions
- Detailed critical commentary (Eng)


Title: 2 Romances for Violin, Op 40 and 50
Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
Detlef Hahn
Publisher: Bärenreiter
Instrumentation: Violin and piano
Parts Included: Two violin parts (one edited, one unedited), piano score
Additional Information: Urtext edition

Item Includes


Romance in G Major, Op. 40
Romance in F Major, Op. 50

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Asked On: 07/13/2016

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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