Best prokofiev and bartok editions

June 16, 2020, 2:03 PM · Hi everyone! :)

My teacher suggested some 20th century repertoire to round out my degree. Specifically Bartok 2, Prokofiev 1 and 2.

Does anyone have any suggestions om solid editions they use? He hasn't dived into these pieces extensively, so he couldn't recommend one in particular.

Thanks in advance!

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June 16, 2020, 3:55 PM · I like the International for Prokofiev 1 -- it's Oistrakh. Sensible fingerings and bowings.

For Prokofiev 2, I don't believe the International edition is available any longer. I believe the only one you can get in the West is the Boosey & Hawkes, which is okay-ish.

Dunno Bartok 2, sorry.

June 17, 2020, 9:04 PM · Prok. 1, as lydia said has good editing. I don't think there is an edited version of Bartok 2. I used the Boosey & Hawkes. I got my bowings and fingerings from an Oscar Shumsky student. This saved me a huge amount of time. I never performed it but learned it so I could teach it to my student Ricardo Gomez. Take a listen. He was playing on my Thomas Kennedy violin which I loaned him for a few years.
June 17, 2020, 9:19 PM · In the end, the "fingerings passed down through the generations" route is often the best, as Bruce notes. :-)

My Prokofiev 2 fingerings come via a hand-me-down tracing back to Sidney Harth, written into an International Edition part.

Edited: June 18, 2020, 2:50 AM · I have a jpg of page 1 of a Russian edition of Prok 2 with fingerings. I don't know where I got it, perhaps Googling images. I'd upload it, but I don't know how.

"Skripka" (my transliteration) appears in the top left corner. Sorry I can't be more helpful. And of course if it's the International Edition, it doesn't refute Lydia's assertion that it's no longer available.

June 19, 2020, 12:07 AM · Thankyou for your responses so far! I'll keep an eye out for the international edition of Prok 2 on Ebay, and amazon just in case. I'm getting the international Prok 1 and the Boosey Bartok for sure and that should keep me busy in my first year. :)

Yes I love passed down fingerings! I picked up an old copy of the Glazunov at a used book store (I just started on it yesterday) and it has so many neat ideas I would have never thought of! Sadly used scores are hard to come by in Edmonton. :(

Also my Tchaik fingerings were passed down to me from my teacher from Sidney Harth as well!

June 20, 2020, 2:50 AM · From what I understand, there is less choice for 20th century concertos for some reason. Or that might just be because of where I libe
June 20, 2020, 11:17 AM · 20th century concertos are often still under copyright. That's why.
June 20, 2020, 3:35 PM · Couple of things I found on Amazon (not necessarily sensibly priced)

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