Aspects of Reception History
I reproduce here a selection of forewords and editors’ commentaries to edi- tions of Chopin’s works from the nineteenth and twentieth century� Gathered in one place for the first time, this documentation allows readers to examine nineteenth-century editing theory and editorial premises� Those forewords and commentaries were notably written by the leading Cho- pin editors of their time, including Karol Mikuli, Hermann Scholtz, and Antoine- François Marmontel, though a number of editors left no such documents (for example Jan Kleczyński, George Mathias, and Karl Klindworth)� English translations are quoted from original editions where those were bilin- gual or are mine; they are reproduced unabridged and unmodified� 324 Collection des œuvres pour le piano par Fréderic Chopin en douze livraisons. Publié par T. D. A. Tellefsen. Paris, chez Simon Richault éditeur [1860. The note only appears in some volumes only.] Collection of pianoforte works by Frédéric Chopin edited by T� D� A� Tellefsen� In undertaking a new edition of the works of Frédéric Chopin, we endeav- oured for this publication to be faithful to the author’s intentions; Monsieur Tell- efsen, a pupil of Chopin, himself equipped with all the qualities necessary to ensure good performance and fortunate enough to possess a collection of scores corrected by the composer’s hand, has kindly agreed to undertake this work� We can thus present a correct and faithful edition of the great Master’s works to art- ists and amateurs� We also hope to do musical art a favour...
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