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Hi, I'm a professional player, but my only students are my grandkids!

And since I'm not "in the loop" of piano teachers, I could use some advice on editions. I spent some time in the Juilliard music store today and was amazed by the sheer number of different editions of basic sonatinas, Bach works, etc. that they have in stock.

Are there certain generally agreed-upon "best editions" for early intermediate classical books? I want to start them on easy sonatinas and two-part inventions, maybe short, easier Romantic period works. Do some editions have better fingerings, for example? (For Bach I learned on Bischoff, but I'm sure that's been surpassed by now.) I do want fingerings so I don't have to write everything by myself. Urtext Henle editions may be too exotic, expensive, and probably don't have fingerings anyway.

Or am I misguided in wanting fingerings? Let me know.

Thanks!

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There is no such thing as the "best" edition.

Some of the Henle editions (Inventions, for example) have absolutely atrocious fingering. I would rather buy an edition with NO fingering, and then work out the fingering with the student.

I use Kjos (Keith Snell) edition with some students. His fingering suggestions are harmless and sparse, and his editorial suggestions are very limited. I like the spacious typesetting so I can write my own comments in the score. The only problem with his editions is that there may be some wrong notes and other errors.

Jane Magrath's books tend to be well-edited, and her fingering is the least intrusive among major publishers. Maurice Hinson's books vary in quality. The anthologies put together by Magrath or Hinson are your best bet.

For sonatinas, please do not buy the old Sonatina Album edited by Louis Kohler. It's absolute trash. The only reason people still use that book is because their teacher's teacher's teacher's teacher's teacher used it. The fingering suggestions are very 19th-century and the typesetting is very small. And the editorial suggestions are abundant--and not in a good way.


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I'm a sucker for nice paper and printing.

Fingering has to be individualized anyway, doesn't it?


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This is what I have for the two-part inventions and I quite like it, for what it's worth.

https://www.amazon.com/Bach-Two-Par...mp;psc=1&refRID=JW36S6SG5DM6YB4KYH6E


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