Vivaldi, Antonio - Four Seasons ( Complete ) For Violin and Piano URTEXT Published by Barenreiter

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Though Antonio Vivaldi was an extremely prolific composer, writing over 500 concerti for various instruments, few of his compositions have had the kind of lasting notoriety attained by The Four Seasons. Undoubtedly his best-remembered work, this set of four violin concerti comes from a larger collection of 12 violin concerti entitled The Contest Between Harmony and Invention. Each concerto in The Four Seasons represents a different season of the year, and is based on an accompanying sonnet, speculated to have been written by Vivaldi himself. In addition to helping define the concerto form (three movements, fast-slow-fast), The Four Seasons also explored the boundaries of programmatic music: the concerti contain sections evoking barking dogs, singing birds, thunderstorms, and drunken farmers, among other things. This Urtext edition is complete, containing violin and piano reduction parts for all four seasons. Edited by Christopher Hogwood. Published by Barenreiter Verlag. Difficulty: A5


Title: The Four Seasons, Op 8 (Complete)
Composer: Antonio Vivaldi
Publisher: Barenreiter
Instrumentation: Violin and piano
Parts Included: 4 separate violin parts for each concerto, piano score
Additional Information: Urtext Includes translation of Vivaldi's poems

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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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