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Mozart 19 Sonatas - Complete: Piano Solo (Schirmer's Library of Musical Classics, Vol. 1304) Paperback – November 1, 1986


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: G. Schirmer, Inc.; Bilingual edition (November 1, 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0793526019
  • ISBN-13: 978-0793526017
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.8 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,669 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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142 of 146 people found the following review helpful By Z. M. Ridgway on December 9, 2009
I was shocked to find largely positive reviews of this product. Since by criticizing it, I am contradicting other reviewers fairly directly, let me just explain my level of qualification: my bachelor's degree is in piano performance, and my master's degree is in piano pedagogy and performance. I am a private piano instructor and college music professor.

I can say without hesitation that there is no worse edition of the Mozart sonatas currently in print. This is true for several reasons:

1. The fingerings added here do more harm than good; my piano professor used to joke that Schirmer's editors were secretly hand surgeons trying to drum up their business by injuring pianists through repetitive motion in cramped positions. When one of my students brings in a Schirmer edition, I usually black out more of the fingerings than I keep.

2. The dynamic markings and articulations added to this edition reflect nineteenth century performance practice, and ignore more than a century of scholarship.

3. I find textual interference to be a bad idea in general, and recommend purchasing an Urtext edition instead. Henle or Wiener Urtext is hard to surpass; additionally, Kalmus/WB publishes a quite inexpensive edition. If, however, you dislike Urtext editions and want more guidance as to how to play the pieces, this is still not the edition for you. Buy the Alfred's edition instead, which at least gives decent advice (why pay for BAD advice from Schirmer?) and distinguishes between what the composer wrote and what the editor added.

4. Wrong notes. Lots of them, all through the sonatas.

5. The numbering system used for this edition is a version of the Koechel Verzeichnis seventy years obsolete.

6. VERY poor print quality.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Dillon J. Moss on June 2, 2009
This edition is not a good edition. I recently just started taking lessons from a very accomplished concert pianist from Germany and he told me never to buy this edition again. It's way over-edited. I am playing the 15th sonata in a minor and some passages are written differently, the dynamics are wrong in about half of the piece, some sections are written in different octaves and it led me to start questioning what i can believe or trust. If you aren't a very experienced player this is definitely not for you. I wouldn't even reccomend this edition to a proffesional. The one good thing about it was the fingering. The fingering suggestions were excellent but you should be able to figure that out yourself anyways. If you need to find a different edition always go with the urtext henle. of course i learned this the hard way.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By David Stokes on March 2, 2011
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For the price I can't really complain, but it is definitely not my favorite Mozart piano book for several reasons. I guess you could use it for writing in (putting your own fingerings down etc and not feel guilty about marking this one up )
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dr Schoen on September 23, 2012
If you want an Urtext (only what the composer wrote) or a "diplomatic edition" (where editorial editions are clearly marked), then of course this edition is not what you are looking for. But, if you are not such an expert with those needs, there's nothing wrong with having an experienced editor's advice as to how one might bring a piece of music to life in the manner that seemed appropriate at the time of this edition's publication. Indeed, at least it's an intelligent interpretation - if you are worried about what might be outdated about it, then consult a more up-to-date edition. But for almost everyone, this is FINE! I mean, if you tune your piano 21st century style, you are not even playing the rightly tuned NOTES, so no need to be so concerned about whether a reasonable slur is actually Mozart's.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Margaret A. Bradford on January 15, 2013
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I am not a concert pianist. I do not teach piano. But I play well enough to be able to work my way through some of the sonatas at this level, strictly for my own enjoyment. Maybe these Schirmer editions don't meet the strict editorial criteria of professionals in the field, but they work just fine for me, and they are affordable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Adriana on June 24, 2013
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This is a great product, exactly what the description states. I am satisfied with my purchase. I would highly recommend it.
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By VP on May 31, 2013
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I just got the book today. The pages look faded and washed out. Some pages are lighter than others. Even in the same page the ink darkness is not even. It has 6 to 7 pairs of lines per page. The cover is printed on mate yellow stock paper. It does not have the smooth plastic feel on the cover, like other yellow Schirmer books that I bought.
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Miner2341 on March 22, 2009
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I have urtexts of some of these piano sonatas, and I would like to emphasize how helpful it is to be given recommended fingerings for certain passages, especially if one plans on playing these pieces without the help of an instructor. In addition, there tend to be fewer bars per page, which makes reading the music much easier.

I would not hesitate to recommend this product for anyone who wants to play Mozart's sonatas; it is better than the other books I have used.
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