On Wed, 2 Nov 1994, SIMONS, DON wrote:
> The program notes with the CD emphasize how obscure the music is and
> state that none
> had been published within 40 years of the CD (1980).
> This suggests that any
> "modern" editions would be edited to death, and elevates the usual questions
> about facsimiles: Are they available? Are they legible? What clefs are used?
> Can anyone on the list comment on publications?
The standard edition of JKF Fischer's complete keyboard works is
Breitkopf's from 1901, edited by Ernst von Werra. There's a Breitkopf
reprint (#8407) from the 1950's, and a Broude Brothers reprint from 1965.
Both contain a few facsimile pages. Von Werra's edition is easy to read
and play from: treble/bass clefs, no pianistic expression marks or
anything, just the notes. There's a lot crammed on each page, but it
doesn't look too crowded. This is one of the books I keep handy by the
organ and harpsichord in case I need a pleasant short piece for church,
music that is fun to play and doesn't take a lot of time to work up. Some
of those introductory movements to the suites seem to require pedal
harpsichord: arpeggiated figurations/chord patterns containing notes that
can't be reached, even on a short-octave keyboard. Sometime I want to
look more closely at that Musical Parnassus, which was one of the
predecessors of the Well-Tempered Clavier: little preludes and fughettas
in all the useful keys.
There is also a more recent Japanese (?) edition (Zen-On?) of the suites.
Mid-1980's? (I know someone who has a copy that I saw a few years ago, and
it looks like a fine edition, but I haven't used it myself or looked at
it closely enough to remember more details than that. It has a white
cover with an enlarged close-up shot of a harpsichord keyboard.)
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