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https://www.amazon.ca/Pictures-Exhibition-Arranged-Early-Advanced/dp/1518898416/

I would be interested in anyone's comments about this book. Have any of you fine folks looked at this or tried it? How much does it differ from the "standard" transcriptions (Horowitz, Harold Bauer, etc.)

I've tried the Bauer version a few times and it usually doesn't take long before I run away....


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Originally Posted by FrankCox
https://www.amazon.ca/Pictures-Exhibition-Arranged-Early-Advanced/dp/1518898416/

I would be interested in anyone's comments about this book. Have any of you fine folks looked at this or tried it? How much does it differ from the "standard" transcriptions (Horowitz, Harold Bauer, etc.)
This is the first I've heard of such a simplified arrangement of Pictures.
Based on the comments, it seems it isn't so simplified that it loses any semblance of the original. I'd guess the numerous octaves are simplified to single notes, and the big chords are thinned out.....

BTW, Horowitz's arrangement is just his own pumped-up version, which TBH is no more difficult than the original but certainly has more sound & fury, as befits his style. As for Bauer, I can't imagine why he would make an arrangement (I only know of his piano transcription of Franck's Prélude, Fugue et Variation for organ). Did he think the Mussorgsky unpianistic? Maybe I should take a look.....


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Your comment above has made me realize that I expand my question.

Does anyone have any comments about any of the various versions/transcriptions of Pictures at an Exhibition?


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Originally Posted by FrankCox
Your comment above has made me realize that I expand my question.

Does anyone have any comments about any of the various versions/transcriptions of Pictures at an Exhibition?

What do you mean by transcription ? You are talking about arrangements of the original, right ?

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Mussorgsky originally wrote "Pictures at an Exhibition" as a solo piano piece in 1874. It is not a transcription.

The use of the word "transcribed" on the front cover of the Harold Bauer edition is rather misleading. On the page where the music starts, it more correctly says "Revised and Edited by Harold Bauer."

You should seek out a good Urtext score of the original. Bärenreiter, Henle and Wiener Urtext all have available versions.

The version you are asking about, "Pictures at an Exhibition: Arranged for Early Advanced Piano Solo", as it says in the title, is a simplified arrangement of the original piano work.

Several attempts have been made to orchestrate "Pictures", the most well-known being Ravel's in 1922.

There was an earlier discussion here regarding attempts by Horowitz to improve on the original.

Have a look here.

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It's a shame and probably a poor business decision that the Amazon link doesn't show a few pages of the score so one could make some judgement about this version.

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Originally Posted by pianoloverus
It's a shame and probably a poor business decision that the Amazon link doesn't show a few pages of the score so one could make some judgement about this version.
Maybe to force people to "Buy before you try" smirk ......

But doesn't Amazon have a policy that one can return anything with no questions asked, if you don't like what you get?


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