Which edition of the Paganini caprices do you think have the best editing--that is--good fingerings, clear markings, etc.?
I like the Henle edition, which comes with both a pure urtext and an edited part. I own copies of both the Flesch and the Galamian (both International Editions) as well. The Flesch is probably most useful for fingerings.
Thanks Lydia. Shar has a 20 percent off sheet music sale, so I am tempted to order.
I own about every edition and I always wind up going back to Galamian and Flesch, not that I can play them well.
Flesch's edition is quite good in opinion. I used a lot of his fingerings/bowings for #4 actually.
There is a new Heifetz edition otherwise based on urtext (which Mr H might not have seen). No special opinion— just throwing that out there.
Definitely the Henle Urtext one. While having the Urtext is useful, the edited version that also comes with it isn't bad either. I also have the Flesch one and there are quite a lot of interpretative changes made that in my opinion change the music a bit too much. My son's only done a handful of them so far, though, so it may just be those specific ones that the Flesch is weird on.
I've always thought of the process of making my own fingerings in music to be an enjoyable one, and adding significantly to the creative process of initially learning a piece. So I'm usually confused about all the fuss over editions, especially when considering that what worked for the editor might be totally wrong for your hand shape/size.
I have the Heifetz edition. I love Heifetz, but this edition is nothing special.
Barenreiter Paganini Caprices. The International edition has wrong notes left and right (2nd caprice, 3rd caprice, 15th caprice), and Barenreiter seems to have it sorted out.
Thanks for the suggestions, everyone. Seems that an Urtext and perhaps Flesch for fingerings would be the best choice. My teacher tends to give me enough rope to hang myself (so to speak) with choosing my own fingerings. Paganini's not on the agenda now, but I still have in my sights to do the 3 hour challenge at some point, and would probably consult her as part of those three hours.
My issue with the Flesch edition is that there are egregious errors with wrong notes, and this edition (a high-selling one) has propagated these errors/misprints. When I listen to a conservatory kid play these wrong notes with confidence, there's usually an International Edition copy in their case!
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@Marty Dalton: It IS special!
ao, have you looked at some of the fingerings?
I think it's important to note these new 'Heifetz editions' weren't actually edited by Heifetz himself. Even the bowings and fingerings he put into pieces he edited during his lifetime were quite different from what he did.
@Marty: I meant the actual music. :)
A.O. : Absolutely agree. Also I’ll add Paganini used a flatter bridge, so the execution of various techniques with the right hand was very different. I played on a swan head bow modeled after one of the early Tourtes. Very different than the more conventional stick you’ll find by the Peccattes or Sartory, with some of the qualities you describe. However I don’t think the violinist I referenced earlier was limited by his equipment - his performance was flat out sloppy and would be with any instrument or bow. Let’s not forget, Paganini also played with no shoulder rest, or chinrest and used pure gut E, A, D strings, and a silver wound gut G. Not an easy feat in these works!
I use Abram Yampolsky edition, the best, I don't know if there's one in US.
If you're a good enough violinist to approach these pieces on your own it hardly matters. The fingerings that suite your technique will become apparent soon enough.