Brahms Four Songs for 2 horns, harp and women's voices

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    Elizabeth Volpé Bligh on #185756

    I am performing Brahms’ Four Songs for 2 horns, harp and women’s voices this week. Since some of the note groupings reflect the five fingers a pianist would use, I re-beamed my part to reflect where a harpist’s hands would separate left from right. I don’t know if there are editions which are easier to read, but the notes are crammed together in the part I have. I did a wee bit of editing as well, some of which are only necessary if the speed gets going too fast. Anyone else have some comments on how to handle this part? It sure is a beautiful piece.

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    Elizabeth Volpé Bligh on #185762

    There also seem to be a few misprints in my part. I would be curious to know if there is a corrected edition.

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    Saul Davis Zlatkovski on #185788

    I have made markings for the piece, we can discuss it. Cynthia Otis recorded it beautifully, and she would have markings as well.

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    Saul Davis Zlatkovski on #185789

    Is your part from the Peters edition?

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    Elizabeth Volpé Bligh on #185828

    No, it is published by N. Simrock in Berlin, and copyrighted by Schott & Co.in the UK. i am going to get a copy of the Breitkopf and Hartel version tomorrow.

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    MusikFind1 on #185832

    I suggest comparing the different editions for corrections. Be sure the choral parts match the instrumental parts.
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    EMS129276 BRAHMS, Johannes (1833-1897) – Songs (4), Op. 17 (G). BREITKOPF & HAERTEL – large score – PB03226 $24.25

    EMS129278 BRAHMS, Johannes (1833-1897) – Songs (4), Op. 17 (G). BREITKOPF & HAERTEL – set of parts (2 hn, hp) – OB03226 $22.00

    EMS129279 BRAHMS, Johannes (1833-1897) – Songs (4), Op. 17 (G). BREITKOPF & HAERTEL – choral score – CHB05143 $5.25 (20 copies min.)
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    EMS128282 BRAHMS, Johannes (1833-1897) – Songs (4), Op. 17 (E-G). C.F. PETERS – horn 1 – P06617-HRN1 $3.50

    EMS128283 BRAHMS, Johannes (1833-1897) – Songs (4), Op. 17 (E-G). C.F. PETERS – horn 2 – EP6617-HRN2 $3.50

    EMS86782 BRAHMS, Johannes (1833-1897) – Songs (4), Op. 17 (E-G). C.F. PETERS – harp – EP6617-HP $6.25

    EMS89076 BRAHMS, Johannes (1833-1897) – Songs (4), Op. 17 (E-G). C.F. PETERS – ssa chor, pf – EP6617 $6.95
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    Four Songs Brahms, Johannes op. 17
    female choir (SSA), 2 horns and harp (piano)
    score – German – English – French
    Order No.: EE 1227
    Publisher: Simrock / Benjamin (Elite Edition) Schott 13.95 €

    Four Songs Brahms, Johannes op. 17
    female choir (SSA), 2 horns and harp (piano)
    separate parts – each
    Order No.: EE 1227-16
    Publisher: Simrock / Benjamin (Elite Edition) Schott 4.95 €
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    First edition [uncorrected] score and parts posted on IMSLP
    http://imslp.org/wiki/4_Songs,_Op.17_%28Brahms,_Johannes%29
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    ECS Publishing: Choral copies only. No separate instrumental parts published.
    Gesaenge fuer Frauenchor, Op. 17:
    No. 1. I Hear a Harp, #494,
    (SSA, Horn & Harp or Piano), [Secular], $2.25
    Come Away, Come Away, Death!, Op. 17/2, #2504, (SSA, Piano or
    2 Horns & Harp), [Secular], $1.95
    Greetings, Op. 17/3, #2503, (SSA, Piano or 2 Horns & Harp),
    [Secular], $1.95
    Song from Ossian’s Fingal, Op.17/4, #60, (TTBB [? sic], 2 Horns & Harp or Piano), [Secular], $2.80
    http://www.ecspublishing.com/Catalogs/Catalog_Composer_01-21-2014.pdf

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    Saul Davis Zlatkovski on #186089

    I bet not too many people know that Hindemith wrote An Old Irish Air for choir and harp. Quite a nice companion piece to this. Cynthia Otis made a superb recording of the Brahms.

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    Elizabeth Volpé Bligh on #186213

    The Breitkopf and Hartel part is exactly the same as the Simrock, except much easier to read. The Simrock is hand-written, whereas the B & H is done by music software. I still suspect some mistakes, but the notes are exactly the same.

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