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Recommended Edition of Schubert's Arpeggione Sonata

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


  1. pat1151

    pat1151

    Jun 22, 2004
    Montreal, Quebec
    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

    neilG

    Jun 15, 2003
    Ventura, CA
    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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