Rodolphe Kreutzer editions
Does anyone have a favourite edition of Kreutzer?
There are things about Schirmer that I don't like.
I like the Peters edition nr.4510, edited by Davisson (as opposed to the classic Peters edition nr.284 edited by Hermann), Davisson has very original fingerings, I learned a lot from them.
I think modern editions of Kreutzer etudes are a bit like the Vitali Chaconne; lots of (famous and historical) violinists have added their own ideas over the years, and the result is a bit of a group effort. The modern editions do disagree in the order of a few of them, and of course the fingerings and smaller details are different, but there is a general similarity to all the modern ones that is quite far off from the Urtext, whose numbering system is consistently different, and which has missing sections here and there, missing tenths etc.
In fact, Scott, it might be worth ignoring your advice (with the best possible intentions and the greatest respect) in the case of Kreutzer #1 (the out-of-character adagio sostenuto one). In the scale passages the original just has runs of notes without any phrasing, and it might make more sense to improvise rather than follow a modern edition slavishly.
Flesch. More suitable for small hands than Galamian.
Gordon, I agree with you on both of those points. I'm not sure why they put the extra two as no. 1 and no. 12. 12 is ok enough where it is, but I think most people start with no. 2 (the original no.1).
I actually like the Schirmer edition but the first thing my teacher did was put all his bespoke fingerings into No. 2.
I second Galamian, but I must agree that some of his fingerings are indeed not small hand friendly.
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