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Tchaikovsky, PI - Violin Concerto in D Major, Op 35 - Violin and Piano - edited by Guntner - Henle

Tchaikovsky, PI - Violin Concerto in D Major, Op 35 - Violin and Piano - edited by Guntner - Henle | 1452 114

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Though today it is considered one of the most beloved violin concertos of all time, the Concerto in D major, Op. 35, was not as initially successful as Tchaikovsky had hoped.  Its premiere in by Adolph Brodsky in 1881 was blasted by music critic Eduard Hanslick, who called the concerto long and pretentious” and said, of the virtuosic technique required for its performance, that the violin was not played but beaten black and blue.”  Fortunately for us, many others, including countless violinists over the past century, have deemed the concerto more than worthy!  It is full of spirit and energy, and includes one of the loveliest, most haunting slow movements in the violin literature.

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Title: Violin Concerto in D Major, Op 35
Composer: PI Tchaikovsky
Arranger:
Editor:
Guntner
Publisher: Henle
Instrumentation: Violin and piano
Parts Included: Two violin parts (one edited, one unedited), piano score
Additional Information: Urtext

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Asked On: 07/13/2016

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

SHAR Answer:

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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