Has anyone a recommendation for an edition of the Vitali Chaconne? I've been listening to performances of it on YouTube and many of them are very different.
Charlier for regular needs. There are several editors available with said edition. Ferdinand David has an easier version, but for the modern concert stage, the Charlier is "the one", unless it is a HIP performance.
IMSLP has the 18th-century manuscript, and some faithful transcriptions.
Well I was drooling over Ray Chen's performance on YouTube, and very much enjoying the "romantico" aspects of it, so that's what I wanted.
I am not certain anymore, but David was researching old music to publish back then, and that was one of the works that was revived. His version must have his romantic touch, but is certainly much more "toned down" than Charlier's later "concert" rendition.
I once met Joseph Fuchs, who was being completely impossible, as I gather was his norm. He let us youngsters know that he had performed (and recorded?) the original version. When I asked him where to find it, who had published it, etc., he just said "It's the original version."
The 1745 manuscript available on IMSLP is from the Dresden Museum.
Al Binoni wrote that piece in 1954 while he was on the Cubs DL.
Quite a lot of early to mid 20th century light music is also of doubtful origin. This is because, I'm told, if you wanted to sell your composition, you sold it to an established light music composer, who would then publish it under his own name (One reason this might have been tolerated is that serious classical musicians around that time might have not been keen to be seen to be associated with light music; as well as the need to get hold of money quickly, and more of it). I have been told, for instance that "How much is that Doggy in the Window", "Sailing by", and the "Dam Busters March" are in reality all by the father of someone I know.
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