String Quartet c sharp minor op. 131
Editor: Emil Platen
Urtext Edition, paperbound
Pages: 83 (IV, 23, 17, 18, 21), Size 23,5 x 31,0 cm
Order no. HN 742 · ISMN M-2018-0742-3
Attention, string quartet players: the long wait is over! Henle launches its series of late Beethoven quartets with op. 131 in c sharp minor and op. 132 in a minor, using the definitive urtext from the Beethoven Gesamtausgabe. It need hardly be added that great care was taken to find sensible page turns. The quartets will also appear simultaneously in miniature scores with exactly the same text and commentary. The editor, Emil Platen, has given each volume detailed critical comments consisting of a preface, explanatory footnotes, and an impressive section of editorial remarks. All of Beethoven‘s late string quartets are scheduled for subsequent publication in the Gesamtausgabe. Franz Beyer, the authority on string quartets, with regard to this new issue: "The most significant edition over the last twenty years worldwide!"
They will certainly be greatly welcomed by performers, who until now have had to use old and not wholly reliable editions that lacked any critical commentary.
As well as a beautifully presented musical text, the first violin parts include a Preface in German, English and French, plus a Commentary in German and English only … The result, then, is a performing edition that in most ways will be a great service to quartet players. For the first time, they will be able to see at a glance where in the source material the main problems lie, and they will have a reliable guide to the basis for editorial decisions.
[Eighteenth-Century Music, 2005]