Aspects of Reception History
Chapter 4. Editions of Chopin’s works: the analytical perspective
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Chapter 4 Editions of Chopin’s works: the analytical perspective
1. Premises and contexts of analysis
In the previous chapter, I discussed nineteenth-century Chopin editions from the diachronic perspective, looking at the evolution over time and space of a large body of editions, interrelated as a series of originals and replicas, functioning on the musical market chiefly according to laws of supply and demand. In the present chapter, I offer a synchronic insight into selected editions seen as a closed whole. I focus on their detailed filiation, namely on indicating the sources of a given edition’s text, and on philological analysis: the establishment of the scope and character of revisions introduced into that text. After quantitative aspects, therefore, this chapter focuses on qualitative ones, summarised in the question of what, how, and why a given edition changed in Chopin’s musical text.
In particular, my analysis aims at indicating:
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