Hello! I am interested in purchasing the music for De Beriot's 7th concerto and Scene de Ballet. I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions for what edition of either of them to get.
Barbara Barber for Scene de Ballet.
The one from book 6 right? Is the Barenreiter any good for scene de ballet? What about the concerto?
I'd be surprised if Barenreiter has published Scene de Ballet.
They have, and the 9th concerto.
Barenreiter has published a whole lineup of student concertos and showpieces; well-edited and beautifully engraved. Read here on their website:
Another vote for Barbara Barber Scene de Ballet, and as a bonus you get other pieces of a similar level as well in the collection. I like her editing a lot.
I found a collection of all 10 De Beriot concertos and got that. I also got the Barbara Barber book and a mini bust of Brahms :) thanks for the advice.
Why is Barenreiter the gold standard? I've heard that before and I don't know why. I only have the Barenreiter Bach sonatas/partitas that my teacher wanted me to get, and it didn't seem super amazing.
Because they have great scholarship, very eye-friendly paper colour and music formatting, and minimal editing suggestions kept in parantheses, all at a very reasonable price.
Barenreiter and Henle are both good, and your choice between them (or other critical scholarly urtext) is generally going to be on a case-by-case basis.
"I only have the Barenreiter Bach sonatas/partitas that my teacher wanted me to get, and it didn't seem super amazing."
Well, gourmet food can be delicious if prepared healthy, but in terms of music it is usually more is less, and nobody likes over-notation (modern composer that compose without researching, I'm giving you the stink eye!) :D
I'm with Lydia on this one. Since I was 12 my learning has been mostly on my own (violin, cello as well as viola) and most of my playing has been reading in ensembles. On cello, especially, there are so many fingering possibilities that it is helpful to have some regions laid out for you the first time you have to play music. There is none of that in urtext editions. Even if I later choose to vary the fingerings (and bowings) it is helpful to have them in front of me the first time I play something - especially when it is the first time I ever see it -- and sometimes the first time I ever hear it.
I think Barbara Barber is fine for de Beriot pieces. Urtext starts making sense with Mozart, major romantic concertos plus Bach S&P.
I study all my music... :D