Ysaÿe's transcription of Chopin's Ballade by Jacob Niederhoffer, but because I am new here I had to wait after registration for 48 hours for blog reply and in the meantime this blog has been archived, so now I am starting a new one:Actually, I wanted to reply to the blog
It is so great to see the appreciation for compositions and transcriptions by Eugene Ysaÿe - I was fortunate to hear about Ysaye's live performance in Kassa/Kosice, still in the "old" Hungary, perhaps in the 1930's, from my father, who had been a student of Jenö Hubay in Budapest.
Because of this, I also developed a great interest in the music by Ysaye and was probably the first to perform his Solo Sonatas in Hungary. Actually, when looking for the music, I found only one, the No. 6 in the library of Franz Liszt Academy (1974) and soon after we ordered all six, in those days still from outside the iron curtain.
Later in Canada, I was the leader of a string trio and discovered his Trio "Le Chimay", available only as a facsimile of his handwritten parts. We performed this 1996-97 as premiere performances in Canada, playing from score and parts I had prepared with Finale.
However, Schott Freres declined to publish this, since there was apparently no interest at the time. I still continued to work on other chamber pieces by Ysaÿe, performing works such as the "Exil" for string orchestra and the Sonata for two Violins, which I recorded and prepared good copies. I also found a manuscript copy of all three movements of the Trio "Le Londres" for two violins and viola, which he had based on the Duo Sonata.
Around 2005, Schott had published my edited version of the string trio "Le Chimay" and was interested in publishing my edition of the trio "Le Londres", which I also recorded as a world premiere performance with principal players of the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg. Here is that recording: Ysaÿe Le Londres CD.
I have now prepared a revised edited copy of the Trio "Le Chimay". Sheet music is available here: iStrings sheet music catalog.Tweet
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