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Complete Sonatas and Fantasies for Solo Piano (Dover Music for Piano) Paperback – September 3, 1996
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Despite these alterations, this edition -- like all other Dover piano books -- is excellent for playing. Once you open out the pages and press them into place, they won't drift back. The notation is printed clearly; the only sonata with readability issues is the 9th in D major. The inclusion of two "new" Sonatas (which did not appear in older editions) is an interesting surprise, but not necessarily a good or bad one.
If you really can't stand to see Wolfgang's work altered by editors, then avoid this book and buy an Urtext edition instead. If, on the other hand, you simply want to play some melodious, intermediate piano music, then go ahead and buy this book -- it's the cheapest one out there. However, you would be well advised to check out an urtext version just to see where the editing changes are.
Mozarts sonatas are a must for any classical pianist and a great teaching tool for the intermediate pianist wishing to advance to more challenging works. The Dover edition is fine, but you might want to examine other editions before settling on this one.
Such is the case with their Mozart Sonatas and Fantasies. By far, the best edition out there is Henle, with Edition Peters a close second. Now, you won't find changes necessarily in actual notes; few publishers tamper with that anymore. But if you want to see Mozart's original notation--everything from his trills to every single staccato--that is, if you want an Urtext, get something else other than this Dover edition. And if you want fingerings--good fingerings--check out Henle.
Still, if you don't have the cash for Henle or EP, and they can be extremely expensive, then Dover's is acceptible. But it's not an Urtext, and not always a good representation of what Mozart wrote. This doesn't bother everyone, and if it doesn't bother you, go for it.
This is one of those books that you could take with you and the piano to a desert island and have enough music to learn and enjoy for years.