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Editions of Chopin’s Works in the Nineteenth Century

Aspects of Reception History


Wojciech Bońkowski

This book presents the editions of Chopin’s works as cultural texts and gives account of the main events in their reception history. Based on a new typology and an overview of copyright and economics, 140 editions evidence a dominance of a few popular works and genres (nocturnes, mazurkas, waltzes) and two distinctive tendencies in editing: academic (historical-monumental) and popular (salon & entertainment music). Four case studies research real-life typology, reprints, edition filiation, and the use of compositional sources. The author addresses edition aesthetics, from musical work ontology through national aspects of reception and recontextualisation strategies to the role of women in Chopin editing and axiological aspects of editions. The appendix includes forewords to major Chopin editions.


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A. Sources 1. Editions of Chopin’s works 1.1 Nineteenth century (I omit the first editions and their reprints with the same title page� Editions listed by publisher in alphabetical order�) Chopin’s / VALSE / (No� 1, Op� 64�) / Edited and fingered / by / JULES BENEDICT� / Price 2/- / LONDON� / ADDISON & HOLLIER, 210, REGENT STREET� The / PIANIST’S COMPANION, / Selected and Edited / BY / ROBERT BARNETT� / LONDON, / ADDISON, HOLLIER & LUCAS, 210, REGENT STREET, / AND / LEADER & COCK, 63, NEW BOND STREET, CORNER OF BROOK STREET� Instructive Ausgabe� / Sämmtliche / Klavier-Etuden / von / FR� CHOPIN / Mit Anmerkungen und Fingersatz / herausgegeben / von / HANS VON BÜLOW� / Text in deutscher und englischer Sprache� / Englische Uebersetzung von Con- stance Bache� / Die Revision is Eigenthum des Verlegers für alle Länder� / Eingetragen in das Vereinsarchiv� Entd Sta� Hall� / Uebersetzungsrecht vorbe- halten� / JOS. AIBL VERLAG IN MÜNCHEN� UNIVERSAL-EDITION / No 1320 / BUELOW-CHOPIN / AUSERLESENE ETUEDEN / AUS OPUS 10 UND OPUS 25 / PIANO SOLO� [II okladka:] INSTRUCTIVE AUSGABE� / AUSERLESENE / KLAVIER-ETUEDEN / VON / FR� CHOPIN� / (AUS OP� 10 UND OP� 25) / MIT VORWORT, AN- MERKUNGEN UND FINGERSATZ / VON / HANS VON BUELOW� / TEXT IN DEUTSCHER UND ENGLISCHER SPRACHE� / (ENGLISHE UEBER- SETZUNG VON G� F� HATTON�) / Die Revision ist Eigenthum des Verlegers für alle Lander� – Uebersetzung vorbehalten� / JOS. AIBL IN MUENCHEN, /...

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