CHOPIN, Frédéric, 1810-1849

Koncert Fortepianowy F-moll op.21 / Piano Concerto in F Minor, op.21. Wydanie faksymilowe rękopisu ze zbiorów Biblioteki Narodowej w Warszawie (Mus. 215 Cim.) / Facsimile Edition of the Manuscript Held in the National Library in Warsaw (Mus. 215 Cim.)

[Concerto, piano & orch, op.21/Kob.258]

detail of piano part

Works by Chopin—Facsimile Edition, A XII/21. Warsaw, 2005. Oblong, 35 x 29 cm, 2 vols, 172, 76 pp. Full-color halftone of the fair copy (autograph + copyist MS). First volume of a new project of the Fryderyk Chopin Institute to reproduce Chopin’s entire śuvre in facsimile. This precious manuscript shows Chopin (responsible for the piano solo part) working together with a professional copyist who provided the orchestration. It is difficult to establish exactly the successive stages by which the two musicians prepared this score. It is certain that the copyist, having the "original" score as an exemplar, first set down the bar lines; this is confimed by the basic convergence between the layout of the lines and the density of the musical signs contained within them. As with other examples of fair copies from the period there are also traces of ‘trial runs’. The frequent, albeit minor, differences in dynamics, slurring and articulation between the autograph and copyist's part testifies to the heterogeneous origins of the fair copy score as a source document. Furthermore the copyist failed to add to the orchestra part the corrections and improvements made by Chopin in the piano part.
Commentary (Pol-Eng-Ger-Sp-Fr-Jp) by Jan Ekier. Bound in blue linen with matching portfolio. $162  (view other volumes from this series)


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Chopin, Concerto, op.21