Massenet's Méditation

September 14, 2023, 3:20 AM · Yeah, I know, clichéd, but we all have to have a go at it, don't we. What's the best edition, though?
I've got Marsick and Nichols/Hinrichsen for Peters and have fingering queries with both of them, not to mention their totally different endings.

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Edited: September 14, 2023, 11:49 AM · I'm really interested but I don't know the different editions. Every one I have seen was essentially the same. The first time I performed this was in 1949 at a local church with organ and harp. The last time I can recall was for a dear friend's memorial in 1980. But I often play it just for myself - even within the past month.

I would really like to see an edition that had a different ending - but I'm not going to buy it.

September 14, 2023, 9:23 AM · Marsick is not too bad and it's on IMSLP. Only needs a few changes.
September 14, 2023, 9:29 AM · Somehow, I doubt that anyone will get extra points for fidelity to the manuscript on this one. Unless there is something really unconventional that didn't make it into the solo arrangements.
September 14, 2023, 10:34 AM · When I took up the violin after a 25-year gap, "Meditation" is the only "significant" piece that I could still play entirely from memory.
September 14, 2023, 8:25 PM · Ahhh... Meditation on Thighs, bittersweet little tune. I like to run through it occasionally.
September 17, 2023, 11:39 AM · MediCation of Thais... listen to the recordings you like the most and create your own fingering on your prescription.
September 17, 2023, 8:52 PM · A little background reading on the opera "Thais" (with the purpose of finding a riff on AC's "medication" joke) revealed that Leontyne Price is apparently still alive (age 96).
September 18, 2023, 2:13 AM · Yes Marsick is good

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