violists, Which Kreutzer edition do you like and why?
I'm revisiting Kreutzer and usually use the Galamian International on violin. Any thoughts on the viola editions? I play a small viola and usually use similar fingerings.
1) A near Urtext edition (IMSLP?), with original fingerings;
Went and looked at IM Pagels (like the Kayser on imslp and Kalmus) that does not use treble clef when it should and has densely packed lines. I bought the Schirmer Blumenau (like Riccordi Consolini on imslp). I liked the use of treble clef and wider spaced measures as I don't heve these memorized and will likely add my own markings. The fingerings are fairly similar at first glance. I'll likely put the Kayser and Consolini on my ipad for reference along with keeping my Galamian and new copy of Flesch out (thanks Adrian.)
I can understand why *some* "violin studies transcribed for viola" might not be suitable but Kreutzer? Why should Kreutzer transcribed for viola be considered second-class? Too many trills? (Don't violists need to learn trills?)
I have nothing against Kreutzer, quite contrary... just a personal preference toward the original writings for viola. There is something special in this edition, because the authors were all viola players and wrote for the instrument still emerging from anonymity. Also, in my opinion some of them are very musical and beautiful - could be easily performed. Editor has done a great job.
Kreutzers studies have the merit of being well composed, and actually increase our sense of harmonic progression, modulation, form etc, better than e.g. Dont.
I do have l’ecole de l’alto (sp?) published by leduc vol1-4,6 (5 is lost in the mail somewhere,) Which sound similar to das stadium, but I will definitely check that out! I do find myself often using the Mazas volumes transcribed for viola and I keep going back to the bordogni vocalises, neither originally for viola.
Thanks Rocky I will check it out. Who's the author?
Ulrich Druner, Barenreiter 6614. Issued with co-operation with the International Viola Society Salzburg.
For Kreutzer (viola), International Music Edition (Pagels)
Sung-Duk Song, what specifically do you like about Pagels? Just curious as he has done viola editions of other violin works.