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While watching the International Chopin Competition, I got inspired to finally pick up playing a Chopin concerto (probably the second). Now I am wondering which sheet music edition to get.

There is an old thread (2014) discussing Chopin sheet music editions in general:
http://forum.pianoworld.com//ubbthr...editions-which-are-best.html#Post2220970

Generally, the Chopin National Edition by Ekier seems to get most praise, with others mentioned being Henle, Peters, Padrewski and Mukuli.

Now as for the concertos specifically, it seems that the Ekier edition has at least four different scores, which I find a bit confusing. These are the ones "for one piano", "for two pianos", "historical score" and "concert score". I presume I will not need the concert score with full orchestral parts, but am not sure which of the others to take.

Does the one piano score contain exactly the piano part whenever the piano is playing, and an arrangement of the orchestral part when the piano is silent? Or does it add random additional notes from the orchestral part everywhere? And what is the historical score for?

If anyone has experience with playing the concertos I'd be curious which edition you use and how you like it. I'm also open to suggestions for other editions.


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Looks like the Series B version "for 2 pianos" is the one to get if you want the orchestral reduction on second piano, which is the one pianists learning concertos would use (unless they were thinking of playing them as solo piano versions):

http://serwer1374796.home.pl/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/conc_e_1_piano_commentaries.pdf


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Great, thanks for the link to the commentary, very useful! Even though it's unlikely I'll have a second piano to play together soon, I'll probably still get the "for 2 pianos" edition.


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Usually the 1-piano version has the orchestra part printed with smaller note heads so the solo part is intact. The 2-piano version is nice to have but keep in mind that you'll be flipping pages twice as often.


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In general, probably doesn’t matter much if you stick with the well known editions. Another common editor is Joseffy. Any differences would probably be relatively minor. Mostly a matter of personal taste regarding layout, engraving, fingering, binding.

I like Ekier editions in general because the legibility is good, and I find their fingerings well thought out.

Some people like Mikuli’s editions, because he perhaps has some special insights as Chopin’s student and teaching assistant.


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