Mazas & Kreutzer with International
I am planning to start Mazas 75 or/and Kreutzer 42 soon after finishing my current Kayser 36.
Finding there are Mazas and Kreutzer books edited by Galamian from International, I guessed their bowing and fingering would be very consistent through the books and my study be going efficiently.
My thought would have any ground?
Another doubt is on whether Galamian's fingering and bowing shall be recommendable to everyone without question. This thinking arose when someone here once told us to avoid his editions because the fingering and bowing lack of musical and artistic help, but much oriented to a mechanical fingering less considering the music.
I don't know whether this allegation is true or not, but please help me to have an unbiased view.
I recommend using an edition which gives the fingerings written by Kreutzer. I dislike many of internationals editions and have found edition Peters to be better. However on imslp there is the original edition where Kreutzer was one the publishing team which is probably the most accurate.
Galamian bowings and fingerings are generally thoughtfully chosen. He tends to favor many small shifts rather than fewer, larger shifts; you might not have that same preference. My teacher also has strong feelings about not changing strings during a phrase unless you want a deliberate change of color, but this almost always leads to more complicated and difficult fingerings. Galamian will choose convenience and ease.
When choosing etude editions, the main thing is whether the print is nice looking. You can always change the fingers if you don't like them. I prefer Schott, followed by Edition Peters. But I do often have other editions (Galamian, Gingold) for reference, to copy good ideas from.
Thank you for the valuable inputs.
I forget as my violin copy is at home as im away at a festival this summer but I think my favorite for reference at least is the original on imslp.
Galamian bowings to my knowledge are pretty good. They were in Fiorillo as well and it was pretty solid.