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#2572568 09/20/16 03:02 AM
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Hello, can anyone point me to their favourite edition of Shostakovich 24 Preludes & Fugues? I have to buy online (no music stores where I live) so I figure I may as well buy a recommended edition. All help appreciated :-)
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Without looking, as far as I know the copyrights to Shostakovich belong to Sikorski, so that's your limit. And Shostakovich died in 1970something which means that there's a long wait until his works are copyright free. :-/

Of course with Hal Leonard buying off everyone and everything, it wouldn't surprise me if they are part of this and thus there are a few more editions around, but certainly it's not a work that will be very widespread.


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Hi Nikolas, thanks for the tip, I've been able to locate the Sikorski edition but looks like I'll have to order it from the UK (and ship to Australia), and it's double the price of the other editions I've been able to find online (Peter's, Boosey & Hawkes, and DSCH of Moscow - never heard of them before). It's a bit hard buying blind, I don't want to get a dud edition. Do you reckon I should just bite the bullet and go with the Sikorski one?


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In the 90's I bought a wonderful edition of op.87 from MCA Music (Hal Leonard), edited by Julien Musafia.

A couple years ago I looked around for other editions, because mine's front pages had come off. All I could find was the Sikorski, the pages looking shiny and computer-printed and soulless. Blech. I've stayed with my coverless Musafia edition.


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If cost is a concern, try the Dover edition. It's decent.


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Originally Posted by cathryn999
Hi Nikolas, thanks for the tip, I've been able to locate the Sikorski edition but looks like I'll have to order it from the UK (and ship to Australia), and it's double the price of the other editions I've been able to find online (Peter's, Boosey & Hawkes, and DSCH of Moscow - never heard of them before). It's a bit hard buying blind, I don't want to get a dud edition. Do you reckon I should just bite the bullet and go with the Sikorski one?


The DSCH website says they hold the rights to Shostakovich's music, although it is said in a slightly convoluted sentence that could be read to say that they have the rights only in some countries, or that those rights in certain countries are to the orchestral part hires. Or something. At any rate, it appears they have some rights, if their website is to be believed.

But since there are numerous editions of this music from reputable publishers, I guessing those rights aren't exclusive. Personally, I think I would choose the DSCH because it looks like the edition is the most up-to-date. But the quality of the binding may be questionable, based on some comments in an earlier thread here on one of their editions. My second choice would probably be Boosey.

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I suspect that textually they are all about the same.


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Done, thanks. I've ordered the Boosey & Hawkes Edition. Thanks for your help :-)


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