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Edition Peters: Reflecting the Composer’s Intentions and the Value of Urtext

Guest post by Linda Hawken, MD of Edition Peters Europe, and Kathryn Knight, President of C.F. Peters, USA

Being a music publisher in the 21st century presents many different challenges to those faced by publishers at the beginning of the industry 200 years ago. Nowhere is this better illustrated than at Edition Peters, founded in Leipzig in 1800 – a time when the idea of music copyright was only just starting to be thought about, with no laws in place to protect the composer. Instead, a successful publishing relationship depended solely on a close and ongoing collaboration with the composer.

Edition Peters’ unique history tells one of the most extraordinary stories of the music-publishing world.  The roster of composers with whom Edition Peters worked directly across the 19th century is dizzying, from Beethoven to Grieg and Mahler.

Edition Peters created the first editions of some of the most famous compositions of all time, with those editions being proofread and corrected by the composers themselves long before the concept of “Urtext” was conceived. Yet despite the provenance of these important editions, it became fashionable in the later 20th century to disregard them – and the unique value of the composer’s direct input – in favor of Urtext “interpretations” by musicologists.

The concept of the Urtext only emerged in the early 1930s, devised by musicologists who aimed to get closer to “the composer’s intentions” by reviewing multiple sources. Indeed it was Edition Peters who released one of the very first Urtext editions with its 1933 edition of J. S. Bach’s Inventions and Sinfonias. After the Second World War, other publishers took on this concept, producing their own Urtext editions. However, this led to much confusion about the meaning and significance of the editions, and whether they reflected the composer’s true intentions.

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Welcome to the official Sheet Music Plus Blog!

By Sheet Music Plus

Greetings music teachers, students and performers. Welcome to the official Sheet Music Plus blog!

We strive to bring you the most helpful, informative, and thought provoking articles written by musicians for musicians.Upcoming articles will feature composers, arrangers, and community ensembles, giving you insight into Continue reading ‘Welcome to the official Sheet Music Plus Blog!’

Piano favorites from G. Schirmer Publications

By AnneMarie Cordeiro 

G. Schirmer has proven itself to be an important and influential figure in American music publishing. This publishing house continues to offer a wide variety of sheet music to be enjoyed by practical and theoretical musicians of all levels. Take a look at these piano favorites from Schirmer’s Library of Musical Classics!

Sonatina Album, by various composers

Sonatina AlbumFor teachers, students, and self-taught pianists, Schirmer has organized this collection for both performance and pedagogy. The editors have arranged these selections by composer as well as in a series of progressive lessons comprised of sonatinas and other short pieces, displaying an intention that the book be used for lessons and recitals.

This Schirmer collection features multi-movement sonatinas by several composers, including Muzio Clementi. Clementi was renowned as a composer, a performer, and a teacher during his life, also filling roles as a publisher and piano manufacturer. The original compositions that made Clementi famous as a performer were the same pedagogical tools he used for his students.

Try your hand at the same pages performed by the masters!

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