Chopin Facsimile Edition
      


Chopin, Frédéric (1810-1849)


Works by Chopin. Facsimile Edition
Dzieła Chopina. Wydanie faksymilowe

A facsimile edition of all of Fryderyk Chopin's music manuscripts

Published by The Fryderyk Chopin Institute,
Warsaw, 2005 -  
Consisting of separate facsimile & commentary, both hardbound, presented in a portfolio; oblong, 4°
29 volumes available now; 2 to 3 vols projected yearly

       
    


On October 17, 2005 the launch of a new series—
Works by Chopin.Facsimile Edition took place. This international academic publishing project, undertaken by
The Fryderyk Chopin Institute and the Publishing House "Bernardinum", aims to publish all the available manuscripts of works by Fryderyk Chopin in facsimile form, with commentaries by leading Chopin scholars. Works by Chopin. Facsimile Edition is the first of its kind on such a grand scale. Participating in this venture are representatives from Poland, France, the UK, Switzerland, Germany, Spain, USA and Japan in addition to libraries and universities where Chopin manuscripts are held, music publishers and Chopin societies.

The purpose of this edition is to preserve and disseminate the Fryderyk Chopin legacy in Poland and across the world by reproducing and safeguarding the contents of his manuscripts scattered around the world, make the original Chopin texts accessible for research purposes, enable performance practice to approach as near as possible the composer’s intentions, verify knowledge regarding sources, and to disseminate this knowledge via up-to-date commentaries furnished in six languages: Polish, English, French, German, Spanish and Japanese.

A note about the Chopin sources
 
Scholars have long acknowledged the conundrum of the Chopin sources. Although similar to the problems that plague source studies of other composers, i.e., coming to terms with the varying ways in which a work is drafted, prepared for publication, and subsequently revised for successive impressions, the Chopin sources are somewhat different. For example, inadequate or confusing copyright protection among the main European countries during the 19th century compelled Chopin to employ different publishers in France, Germany and England, resulting in three "first editions" of most of the pieces, each being unique as a result of idiosyncratic editorial methods and subsequent compositional revisions.   As the Chopin Variorum Edition under the direction of John  Rink has summed it up:
 
"Chopin provided his publishers with various types of
Stichvorlage, including autographs, annotated proofsheets, and scribal copies. In each case, the music continually evolved as autograph or scribal copies were prepared or proofsheets corrected, resulting in significant differences between the multiple first editions. Further differences arose from the interventions of house editors and proof-readers in successive impressions which until recently have simply been regarded as "first editions"—an error of judgment that has undermined much Chopin scholarship. Only now is the importance of these differences fully realized— likewise that of the first editions as a whole, which constitute one of the principal sources of knowledge of Chopin’s music."

  
 

 

           Works Published or Projected for 2016-17

 

1.     Sonata in B Minor, Op.58 (A IX/58)
        Autograph Stichvorlage, National Library, Warsaw
        (2005) 32 + 52 pp. $100    Available Now  (more info)

2.     Piano Concerto in F Minor, Op.21 (A XII/21)
        Partial autograph fair copy, National Library, Warsaw
        (2005) 172 + 76 pp. $162   Available Now  (more info)
        (also availble in special collector's edition of 500 copies)

3.     Mazurka, Op.7, No.4 (A IV/7/4a)
        Autograph fair copy, Warsaw Music Society
        (2006) 2 + 92 pp. $65   Available Now  (more info)

4.     Polonaise-Fantasy, Op.61
        Autograph fair copy, National Library, Warsaw
        (2007) 8 + 64 pp. $94   Available Now  (more info)

5.     Nocturne in DMajor, Op.27, No.2
        Autograph fair copy, National Library, Warsaw
        (2007) 8 + 48 pp. $89   Available Now  (more info)

6.     Mazurkas, Op.33
        Autograph fair copy, National Library, Warsaw
        (2007) 18 + 68 pp. $92   Available Now  (more info)

7.     Barcarolle in F Major, Op.60
        Autograph fair copy, Jagiellonian Library, Krakow
        (2007) 8 + 59 pp. $79  Available Now  (more info)

8.     Fantasy in F Minor, Op.49
        Autograph fair copy, National Library, Warsaw
        (2007) 20 + 66 pp. $92  Available Now  (more info)

9.     Études, Op.10 (nos. 3, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10)
        Autograph fair copies,
        Muzeum Fryderyka Chopina, Warsaw
        (2007) 26 + 58 pp. $95  Available Now  (more info)

10.   Études, Op.25
        Autographs & copyist mss, National Library, Warsaw
        (2007) 54 + 47 pp. $82  Available Now  (more info)

11.   Mazurka, Op.59, No.2
        Autograph sketch, Library of the Paris Opera
        (2008) 5 + c.60 pp. $88  Available Now  (more info)

12.   Allegro de Concert, Op.46
        Autograph faircopy, National Library, Warsaw
        (2008) 20 + 67 pp. $86  Available Now  (more info)

13.   Mazurkas, Op.24
        Autograph fair copy, National Library, Warsaw
        (2008) 24 + 66 pp. $92  Available Now   (more info)

14.   Impromptu in A Major, Op.29
        Autograph fair copy, Chopin Museum, Warsaw
        (2008) 12 + 40 pp. $85  Available Now  (more info)

15.   Ballade F Major, Op.38
        Autograph fair copy, Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris
        (2010) 10 + 56 pp. $110  Available Now  (more info)

n.b. Facsimiles with 2009-2010 imprint were first released
       2011
16.   Mazurkas, Op.50
        Autograph fair copy, Pierpont Morgan Library, NY
        (2010) 6 + 47 pp. $105  Available Now  (more info)

17.   Polonaises, Op.26
        Autograph fair copy, Pierpont Morgan Library, New
        York (2010) 12, 46 pp. $105  Available Now  (more info)

18.   Nocturne B major, Op.62, no.1
        Autograph fair copy, Newberry Library, Chicago
        (2010) 4 + 46 pp. $105  Available Now  (more info)

19.   Preludes, Op.28
        Autograph fair copy, National Library, Warsaw
        (2010) 44 + 71 pp. $105  Available Now  (more info)

20.   Ballade in F Minor, Op.52, no.3
        Autograph fair copy, Bodleian Library, Oxford
        (2010) 4 + 46 pp. $105  Available Now  (more info)

21.   Scherzo in E Major, Op.54
        Autograph fair copy, Jagiellonian Library, Krakow
        (2009) 12 + 47 pp. $105  Available Now  (more info)

22.   Mazurka F Minor, Op.59, no.3
        Autograph fair copy, British Library, London
        (2009) 4 + 47 pp. $110  Available Now  (more info)

23.   Waltz DMajor, Op.64, no.1
        Autograph fair copy, Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris
        (2010) 4 + 62 pp. $67  Available Now  (more info)

24.   Mazurka in AMajor, Album Maria Szymanowska
        Autograph presentation copy, Adam Micliewicz
        Museum, Paris (2010), 2 + 47 pp. $63  Available Now
        (more info)

25.   Polonaises op.40, nos.3-4
        Autograph fair copy, British Library, London (2015), 8
        + 48 pp. $88  Available Now  (more info)

26.   Polonaises op.53
        Autograph fair copy, Pierpont Morgan Library in
        New York (2016), 12, + 63 pp. $90  Available Now
        (more info)

27.   Waltz, CMinor, Op.64, no.2
        Autograph presentation copy, Bibliothèque Nationale,
        Paris (2015), 2, 47 pp. $63 Available Now  (more info)

28.   Etude, Op.25, no.4
        Autograph fair copy, Bibliothèque de l’Opéra, Paris
        (2016), 4, 47 pp. $76  Available Now  (more info)

29.   Waltz in F Minor, Op.70, no.2
        3 Autograph  presentation copies, Bibl. Nationale
        de France in Paris (2016), 8, 61 pp. $86  Available
        Now  (more info)
       
xx.   Nocturne, Op.48
        Autograph fair copy, Pierpont Morgan Library, New
        York. 18 pp. (forthcoming)

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