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Brahms and Chopin: Editions and Interpretations

Readings, Scores, Listenings


This two-session seminar is designed to explain editing practices, publication, and interpretation of scores. The seminar will take place via Zoom, and I will send a meeting link/code on August 13.


    Saturday August 15      CHOPIN
    14:00 - 14:15                      —From Draft to Edition: the story of a crescendo
    14:15 - 15:00                      —Chopin Facsimiles and First Editions

    15:05 - 15:55                      —Editing Methods in the National Edition


    Sunday August 16        BRAHMS
    14:00 - 14:30                      —Brahms and the Piano
    14:30 - 15:00                      —Brahms the Editor: Artist or Academic?
    15:05 - 15:55                      —Interpretations of the Last Piano Works


These resources will familiarize you with the topics to be discussed. They are all concerned with editing and interpreting scores.

Lateiner - An Interpreter's Approach to Mozart (Early Music, Volume XX, Issue 2, May 1992, 245–253).

Kaminski - Between the Work and the Source 

Schmitz - "Brahms as Editor" (from Brahms in Context ed. Natasha Loges, Cambridge 2019).



Please listen to these before the seminar and take note of the varying interpretations you hear of the same piece. If you click on the title of each piece, you will be redirected to the score.

Along with the listenings below, I advise you to search on YouTube contrasting recordings of:
1. Chopin: Polonaise in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 44

2. Chopin: Four Mazurkas Op. 24 and Op. 63

3. Brahms: Drei Intermezzi Op. 117

4. Brahms: Klavierstücke Op. 118

1. Chopin: Mazurka in A Minor, Op. 67 nr. 4 (Posthumous WN 60)




2. Brahms: Intermezzo in B Minor, Op. 119 nr. 1


Please watch these and take note of the most important details to you.



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