Scarlatti Sonatas, Volume IV – the ultimate choice

Domenico Scarlatti

Though Domenico Scarlatti (1685–1757) was indeed born the same year as Bach and Handel, he occupies an exceptional position amongst Baroque composers. Playing his harpsichord music is a seemingly carefree joy: virtuosic, sensuous in sound and so not at all cerebral. Continue reading

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“You can count on me” – Debussy’s arrangement of “Minstrels” for violin and piano

Arrangements have on occasion already come up for discussion in earlier blog postings. The reason for revisiting this subject is provided by the just-published new edition of
Claude Debussy’s Minstrels in the version for violin and piano (HN 1246).

Although the French composer adopted a rather critical attitude towards such new versions for other settings – and in fact, all the more so, the older he became –, transcriptions from Debussy’s hand have survived in astonishing numbers. One of the lesser-known arrangements of one of his own works concerns Minstrels, the
final piece in the first volume of the Préludes for piano, published in 1910. Crucial in this case was Debussy’s friendship with the violinist Arthur Hartmann. Continue reading

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Christmas Blog

Dear Reader,

We most warmly thank you today for your continuing interest in the Henle Blog. We also look forward to your visits in the coming year and promise interesting postings on musical questions concerning music texts.
Today we would like to encourage you- during the upcoming holidays – to take a closer look at the different textual and musical versions of one or the other advent- or Christmas carol. Continue reading

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“It’s all so wonderful!” On the new edition of Mozart’s string quartets

A few weeks ago I began editorial work on a group of compositions that I have long been involved with and that I adore: Mozart’s string quartets. G. Henle publishing house will publish them complete in my new Urtext editions (parts and scores). Appearing at the end of 2015 as the first fruits of this painstaking labour will be volume 4: the “Hoffmeister Quartet” KV 499, as well as the three “Prussian Quartets” KV 575, 589 and 590. The rest of the string quartets in chronologically reverse order will then follow in the coming years. Continue reading

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Spohr and Crusell join the club – new Urtext editions for clarinet

Musicians have long known that not only pianists and string players get to enjoy first-class Urtext editions from the Henle house – our catalogue also has on hand a rich offering for winds that we are continually expanding. The current year’s focus on the “Flute”, now just drawing to a close (see this blog posting), underlines the special attention that we are devoting to the woodwind repertoire (not to worry, we’re not leaving out the brass family). Continue reading

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Read the end first!

The new Catalogue of Works of Ludwig van Beethoven

Come on now, fess up! Haven’t you sometimes thumbed through the last chapter of a crime thriller or the dramatic denouement of a love story so that you’d know, already in advance, how it ends – even if, of course, this goes totally against the author’s wishes! What is taboo in belles lettres, though, is absolutely permissible in scholarly works. Yes, we might just as well tell all the readers of our brand new Catalogue of Works of Beethoven [HN 2207]: “Go ahead, take a look at the end!”   Continue reading

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The new Catalogue of Works of Ludwig van Beethoven

On 1 November 2014 G. Henle Verlag is publishing a massive two-volume book of just under 2,000 pages – a rare and therefore special event for our house that issues almost exclusively music editions. This is a new catalogue of the works of Ludwig van Beethoven, superseding its predecessor of 1955 known as the ‘Kinsky-Halm’, anyhow, already also of around a hefty 900 pages. Continue reading

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The year of the flute – special new editions in the Henle catalogue

For some time past the G. Henle publishing house has been setting for each calendar year sales-related scheduling priorities to be accompanied by special promotions and advertising materials.
We have proclaimed 2014 the year of the study editions (catalogue and video clips here) and the flute. Continue reading

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Composing made easy? On Erik Satie’s ‘Nocturnes’

It was not without good reason that the label ‘outsider’ stuck to Satie. As of his earliest compositions he was in search of alternatives to the tonal harmony that was still the unquestioned convention when he began his training at the Paris Conservatoire (1879–87). This search runs like a red thread through all of his works, and was certainly absolutely independent of the stylistic orientation of individual works, reaching indeed, as we know, from echoes of the medieval and exotic to the then popular cabaret music. Continue reading

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‘It is G! Bravo, and a thousand thanks.’ Günter Henle’s guestbook (and a wrong note in Beethoven)

The violinist Yehudi Menuhin was without question amongst Günter Henle’s closest artist friends. Henle’s autobiography Three Spheres. A Life in Politics, Business and Music contains numerous amusing descriptions of mutual experiences, of which Henle said that Menuhin was ‘on his instrument probably one the greatest masters ever to have lived’. When both were together specific music-text questions were often also involved. Continue reading

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