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Chopin Barcarolle accidental clarification #2902760 10/21/19 11:45 AM
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In measure 50 of my Paderewski edition, the D grace note is not marked with an accidental, making it a D natural. However, I've seen other editions online mark this as a D#. I've heard professional recordings play this either way. Does anyone have an idea of what is supposed to be the correct note?

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Re: Chopin Barcarolle accidental clarification [Re: rach3master] #2902841 10/21/19 02:53 PM
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Apparently it's controversial.

I've always played D#. I don't know offhand what's in the edition that I first studied the piece from (Schirmer/Joseffy), but I see that the Polish National Edition, which seems at the moment to be considered the most authoritative one, shows a sharp but with parentheses around it -- meaning that it's not clear from the extant manuscripts and earlier published editions but it's what they considered most likely to be right.

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Modern editors follow usually mostly the first french edition. In there the D is not sharped but the subsequent D does have a natural sign next to it, which would tend to indicate that the previous one was sharped. But I guess it is open to discussion. There are several autograph and sketches too,with many corrections and variants so I would not be surprised if there are differences in various editions, not just in this place. I think the PNE is just remaining strictly in line with how it is printed in the first edition. I personally prefer the D sharp.

Re: Chopin Barcarolle accidental clarification [Re: rach3master] #2903025 10/22/19 08:47 AM
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Both are "correct". Chopin is known for making constant changes to his manuscripts and then sending them to different publishers. I've come across this several times and my own teacher recommends just going with what you have, if you don't want to drive yourself crazy, lol.


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