On Sun, 30 Oct 1994, D. Kelzenberg wrote:
> David Schulenberg and I have discussed previously, however,
> the curious situation of Dover's BG reprint of the French and English Suites.
> In general, I find the BG to be a superb edition of Bach's Keyboard music.
I'm not sure what discussion of mine is referred to here. The Dover
_Keyboard Music_ volume reproduces the wrong volume of the BG for the
French and English suites (even the "right," i.e., second edition of these
pieces within the BG contains many false readings and omits many
ornaments, slurs, etc.). The texts for the partitas and inventions in the
same volume also contain plenty of mistakes. So, although students might
be expected to buy it, no teacher should rely on it.
> The Henle "Urtext" (there should be a law against using this term with
> the music of J.S. Bach--there is no such thing!) is halfway decent, but
> less accurate than Kroll and, again, encumbered with pianistic fingerings.
> (I have heard that it is also published with no fingerings, although I
> have not seen that version. It would certainly be preferable.)
I haven't seen the Henle "unfingered," but I believe it exists in distinct
versions different fingerings by different fingerers (the edition itself,
i.e., the notes, is apparently the same).
Dept. of Music
Univ. of N. Carolina at Chapel Hill
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