Saint-Saëns VC Different Editions and Different Notes

February 5, 2018, 10:21 PM · So I was looking at Saint-Saëns' Third Violin Concerto on IMSLP, and noticed that the sixteenth note arpeggio run, starting on an A-flat after all of the trills and triplets is different in some editions. The Schirmer Edition goes up to a very high, E, unlike all of the other editions that I have looked at on IMSLP. I have never heard what is printed on the Schirmer edition, performed however, so I am wondering why it is so different. Does anybody know what the composer actually wrote in his score, and why these are printed differently?

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February 5, 2018, 10:33 PM · Go to
for my edition . It is available for free download. There is an edited part, also an urtext version after the edited one and a piano reduction. This will answer your question(s) and without having to pay around $35 for the Henle version.
February 6, 2018, 8:14 AM · Wonderful resource, thanks, Bruce!
February 7, 2018, 8:42 AM · Thanks Mary Ellen. I'm sure you also noticed my editions of Lalo, Mendelssohn, and Bruch G. It's the same deal. You might wish to take a look at the scale duos in which the teacher accompanies the student playing the scales.
Edited: February 13, 2018, 7:28 PM · Hi Harrison, you’re referring to the Emile Sauret edition of Saint-Saens Violin Concerto #3 published by Schirmer. It was typical during the 19th Century and early 20th Century for violinist/editors such as Sauret, Auer, Nachez, Joachim and Wilhelmj among others to make some revisions to the urtext of a piece if they felt it was necessary. I remember David Nadien liked using the revised Sauret passage. I’ve heard a few others do it as well. I think it can be quite effective if you have the fingers - especially if there are other violinists in the room when you play it. :)
February 14, 2018, 8:04 PM · Haha, yeah, Nate. Same deal with the super fast sixteenth note 4 octave g scale in there. Yes, it is the Schirmer version, edited by Sauret. Thanks!

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