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wow, at the piano mastercamp i am at i borrowed an edition off a japanese pianist brave enough to play the ravel toccata in public to get fingering for the fugue, and he gave me the most incredible edition i have ever seen!

has anyone else had experience with a japanese edition? what meticulous attention to various possibilities, distribution, clarity of voice engraving, i am amazed! this fugue will be infinitely easier to learn and memorize thanks to being able to copy out of this edition... too bad it doesnt have many other ravel works i wanted to play next...

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Wow!
Well, that looks a lot like Japanese. They are all like that. And it is really good.

I have to search for some Japanese editions, thanks for the suggestion. smile

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I purchased a Zen-on edition of the Shostakovich preludes and fugues, it was the only edition I could find that published them in one volume!

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Something you would expect from Japanese products.

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Would someone explain the two comments :

"That looks a lot like Japanese." and "Something you would expect from Japanese products" and how they relate to a musical score?

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Where can I take a look at Japanese editions in the Internet?


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That they are very pedantic (I'm not sure you say that in English?!) and they give many many variations relating fingerings etc.
I wanted to say that they are very into details which is great. I'm not sure you understand me..

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That they are very pedantic (I'm not sure you say that in English?!) and they give many many variations relating fingerings etc.
I wanted to say that they are very into details which is great. I'm not sure you understand me..
My uncle does business with some japanese customers (titanium stuff, I dont understand it fully) and he says that they are very precise (and also they are very reliable and have an 'honour culture' about business but that doesnt relate)

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Yes Max W, that's the thing I was talking about.
Thanks.

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I'm living here at the moment and I have to agree that score publishing is extremely good and much cheaper than back in the UK. The Zen-on editions are particularly excellent and you can buy a sonata at about four dollars apiece. Also very beautifully transcribed albums of jazz band and solo scores.

Recently I saw wonderful scores of Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet, and a transcription of Dvorak's 9th symphony all for piano.

The publishing industry in Japan is particularly powerful due to a highly literate technocratic consumer base who take hobbies seriously. Book stores here are big business such as Junkudo and I've never seen such huge stores floor to ceiling with books.

I have wondered how to find Japanese publishers willing to publish for the US and European market. Still working on it.


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Yeah, it was the Zen-on edition! If one can order that online, without insane shipping, then I might have just converted to Zen-on for whatever they stock I want to play!

Just going over the possibilities they include, with the clarity they provide, can seriously cut down learning time with certain pieces, the Ravel fugue is an excellent example!

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It seems that www.sheetmusicplus.com carries quite a number of Zen-On editions, and it seems there is a connection between them and Schott editions. Check it out!

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I work at a huge music library and we have thousands of japanese edition scores. Especially for new music they happen to be some of the most precise, because they usually dedicate alot of the edition to prose regarding the composition itself. In the way of music from the classical canon I'm not sure if it is the same, but I've always been impressed by the contemporary music editions.

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jredmond,

What is this "huge music library" you are talking about? I live 7 minutes from Berkeley, and would love to be able to check things out - assuming it's not part of the UC system, with restricted patronage.

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The library in which I work is Hargrove, which is indeed part of the UC unfortunately. However, if you're interested in borrowing privileges they can be obtained by contacting the UCB library. It's probably worth it to you, since the music library here is supposed to be second on the continent only to Harvard's.


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