Recommended Edition of Schubert's Arpeggione Sonata

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

  1. pat1151


    Jun 22, 2004
    Montreal, Quebec

    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


    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:,_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.

    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.