different editions of the devil's trill sonata
mainly out of curiosity I decided to look up the sheet music for tartini's devil's trill sonata. I went on imslp and found a lot of different editions. some looked very doable (the edition by becker) and others looked like virtuoso romantic era concertos (hubay).
which edition holds more true to the original, and if you've played the piece, which edition did you use?
IMSLP has the first printed edition (late 18th century) available for downloading. It is quite legible, with very few dynamics, and no bowings or fingerings etc, just the necessary speed indications, so it is probably as close to the autograph as we can expect.
I believe most people play the Kreisler version of this work, which is in one of the volumes of the Kreisler Collection published by Carl Fischer.
There is also a Bärenreiter Urtext edition by Agnese Pavanello.
I have the Barenreiter edition. I wouldn't trust Kreisler's edition tbh, unless you are consciously aiming for a sort of 1920s interpretation of an 18th-century piece ;)
Both approaches are good. No need to choose a winner, though I would learn the "bad" edition first myself were I in a similar situation, as even in today's world of the "sacrosanct" urtext, the Kreisler is the better known and "expected" version.
Manze recorded a very effective unaccompanied version; it would be interesting to compare that to the urtext to see what changes (if any) he made to the violin part.
Later editions are often "arranged", though.
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