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Recommended Edition of Schubert's Arpeggione Sonata

Discussion in 'Music [DB]' started by pat1151, Dec 7, 2013.

  1. pat1151

    pat1151

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    Hello,

    I haven't been able to find this information elsewhere on talkbass.

    I was curious as to what people's preferred edition of the Arpeggione Sonata is. Is there one that's better than others? Any that are notorious for mistakes?
  2. neilG

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    The two most popular are the Sankey and Walter editions, both of which take liberties with bowing and octave displacement. You can take them and tweak them by examining a more "urtext" edition: http://imslp.org/wiki/Arpeggione_Sonata,_D.821_(Schubert,_Franz)

    There's also this edition with a great series of articles discussing the idea of a bass edition in general, discussing the two mentioned above and introducing a new edition which I haven't seen.

    http://www.discordia-music.com/Arpeggione_Project/introduction.htm

    Both the Sankey and Walter use scordatura. If you want to play it in orchestral tuning, Liben and Douglas Mapp have piano transcriptions to G minor. I've also heard a bassist play it in A minor in orchestra tuning. I think the Discordia edition is in orchestra tuning.

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