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Franz Schubert

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Franz Schubert was an Austrian composer and pianist who died at the young age of 31. In his lifetime, he was able to remarkably compose over 1,500 works. Overshadowed by Beethoven during his lifetime, Schubert’s compositions started to receive the reputation it deserved towards the last year of life and after his death. Composers such as Brahms, Mendelssohn, Liszt, and Schumann studied and enjoyed the works that Schubert composed. You can find the Best Editions Schubert here on this website. His piano sonatas, piano duets, fantasies, valses sentimentales, moments musicaux, drei klavierstucke, and impromptus must be learned by any serious pianist.

Note: Schubert’s piano sonatas provide plenty of issues for editors to cover. Some of Schubert’s autograph scores for his piano music are missing (such as with D. 845), and with the Schubert’s autograph scores that still exist, errors still occur. It seems that at times, Schubert would not keep a careful eye with the first editions of his works. Sometimes these would be full of errors, and often times, they are the only source editors have to work with.

Paul Badura-Skoda has made very remarkable discoveries with Schubert’s music. He is the editor for Universal Wiener edition in 1969 (I could only find his editions of Impromptus online). One notable discovery he made is with the four missing measures in Sonata in A minor, D 845, Mvt. 2 Variation 1 M. 45-48. He assumed that the mistake was made by the engraver, who accidentally left out four measures. The engraver needed to make a new plate for page where he left off (p.12) and left out 4 measures when he started the plate for the next page. Another discovery includes interpreting the compound dynamic markings with Schubert. Some editors, Paul Badura-Skoda included, wrote their own four measures to fill in these missing measures.

Paul Badura-Skoda does the editing for Henle’s volume 3 for Schubert’s piano sonatas, and Wiener Urtext Wanderer Fantasy and Impromptus, Musical Moments, and 3 piano pieces. His is the best edition for Schubert.

Schubert Piano Sonatas

Henle Verlag Urtext

The third volume, Early and Unfinished Sonatas, is edited by Paul Badura Skoda. If you read the notes in the beginning of this page, you would know that he is the true expert with editing Schubert’s works. Anything edited by him for Schubert’s piano works is the best edition for Schubert.

The first two volumes are edited by Paul Mies (also wrote a book on Beethoven Sketches) and fingering by Hans-Martin Theopold. Paul Mies does an excellent job with this edition.

The print is also nice and large, enabling easy reading.

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Here is an example of the Henle Schubert Piano Sonatas:

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Click here to see a sample of Paul Mires’s edition.

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Schubert piano sonatas vol 1

Piano Sonatas Volume I

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Schubert piano sonatas volume 2

Piano Sonatas Volume Ii

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Piano Sonatas, Vol. 3 (Early And Unfinished Sonatas)

ABRSM Signature Series

Published in 1979.

This ABRSM edition of Schubert is prepared from original sources of Schubert’s writing. It contains performance notes, introductory notes, and fingering suggestions. Edited by Howard Ferguson.

The fingering suggestions are quite notable for this edition, and it is worth taking a read through it.

The print is smaller in comparison to the Henle and Wiener urtext.

Contains recommended passages for the Sonata D. 845 by the editor (though I personally do not recommend playing them).

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Note: Be careful of using this edition!

I had believed that this as the best edition for Schubert at one point. Get the Henle edited by Paul Mires or the UW edited by Paul Badura Skoda or Martino Tirimo instead.

I discovered an editorial marking made by Howard Ferguson that is indistinguishable from what the composer intended. This is in Sonata in A minor, D. 845, Mvt 2 M. 44. The editor chooses to place a trill on the low F-sharp on beat 3. With its appears on the score, it seems as though this is Schubert’s own marking.

I looked at other editions, included the Henle edited by Paul Mires, Tirimo’s edition with WU, and Julius Epstein‘s edition by Breitkopf and Hartel (Dover/IMSLP). These editions do not feature a trill on this F-Sharp.

Also, with recordings of this sonata, no one plays a trill on this note. Wilhelm Kempff, Maria Pires, and and Richter‘s recording plays a solid eighth note with no ornamentation.

Reading through the introduction and commentary notes of this sonata, nowhere is it cited why the editor decided to add this marking. It would have been okay if this trill was placed in parenthesis or noted that this is an editorial marking,  but there is no way to know that this is an editorial marking and not the composers. Other editions in their commentary sections also did not mention anything about the ornamentation in the F-sharp in M. 44.

My fear is that there could be other markings like this throughout the other sonatas and works of Schubert edited by Howard Ferguson.

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Complete Pianoforte Sonatas: v. 1: Including the Unfinished Works (Signature Series (ABRSM))

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Complete Pianoforte Sonatas: v. 2: Including the Unfinished Works (Signature Series (ABRSM))

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Wiener Urtext

Editing and fingering by Martino Tirimo. Contains details about Schubert’s style, the works, and on Schubert’s piano.

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SCHUBERT – Sonatas Completas 1º para Piano (Urtext) (Tirimo)

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SCHUBERT – Sonatas Completas 2º para Piano (Urtext) (Tirimo)

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The Complete Piano Sonatas, Volume 3 (UT50222)

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Dover Edition

Reproduced from the Breitkopf & Härtel Schubert-GesammtausgabeThis edition is known for having missing passages in the unfinished sonatas.

Here is an example of the Dover Schubert Piano Sonatas:

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Complete Sonatas for Pianoforte Solo (Dover Music for Piano)

Wanderer Fantasy in C K 760

Wiener Urtext

Edited by Paul Badura Skoda.

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Barenreiter Urtext

Edited by Walther Dürr.

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ABRSM

The ABRSM Wanderer Fantasy is edited by Howard Ferguson

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Schubert Moments Musicaux Op 94 K 780

Wiener Urtext

Edited by Paul Badura Skoda

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Henle Verlag Urtext

Fingering and editing by Walter Gieseking

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Alfred Masterwork Edition

The Alfred Masterwork Schubert Op. 94 is edited by Murray Baylor

Schubert Impromptus D 899 and D 935

Wiener Urtext

Edited by Paul Badora Skoda

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Henle Verlag Urtext

Fingering and editing by Walter Gieseking.

Here is a sample of the Henle Schubert Impromptus.

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ABRSM Signature Series

Edited by Howard Ferguson

Here is a sample of the ABRSM 1983 edition Schubert Impromptus.

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Impromptus, Op. 90: D. 899 (Signature Series (ABRSM))

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Impromptus, Op. 142: D. 935 (Signature Series (ABRSM))

Alfred Masterwork Series

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Edited by Murray Baylor

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Schubert — Impromptus, Op. 90 (Alfred Masterwork Edition)

Drei Klavierstucke, D 946

Barenreiter Urtext

Edited by Walther Durr

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Henle Verlag Urtext

Edited by Paul Mies and fingering by Walther Lampe.

Here is a sample of the Henle Schubert D 946 –

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Schubert: 3 Piano Pieces (Impromptus) op. post. D 946 (Henle Urtext)

ABRSM Signature Series

The ABRSM Schubert D 946 is edited by Howard Ferguson.

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Three Piano Pieces: D. 946 (Signature Series (ABRSM))

Schubert Piano Trios

Barenreiter Urtext

Edited by Arnold Feil.

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Quintet in A major The Trout

Barenreiter Urtext

Edited by Arnold Feil.

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Henle Verlag

Edited by Wiltrud Haug-Freienstein and fingering by Klaus Schilde

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Eulenberg

The Eulenberg edition of Schubert’s Trout Quintet can be found for free on IMSLP.

 

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