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Humoresque G flat major, Op. 101,7

By Antonin Dvorak

Composed by Antonin Dvorak (1841-1904). Edited by Marketa Stedronska and Petra Kvasnickova. This edition: urtext edition. Stapled. Barenreiter Urtext. Performance score. Opus 101.7. Baerenreiter Verlag #BA09503. Published by Baerenreiter Verlag (BA.BA09503).

Item Number: BA.BA09503

ISBN 9790260103788. 31 x 24.3 cm inches. Key: G-flat major.

Dvorak's Humoresques were meant to follow up on his earlier Scottish Dances op. 41 of 1877 (B 74) to form a series ofNew Scottish Dances, as the cycle was originally titled. Though written down over a few summer days in August 1894, these piano pieces are the result of a long period of gestation.

The gradual refinement of the musical material can be observed in the genesis of the most popular and most frequently arranged piece in the entire cycle, the G-flat major Humoresque (no. 7). The surviving draft, from the American Sketchbook, formed the basis of the initial version of the opening sixteen bars, but it completely lacks the later musical elaboration and characteristic appoggiatura rhythm.

It therefore seemed logical to turn to the sources in preparing our new edition. Although the editors took the authorized original print as their principal source, a detailed list of alternative readings, combined with many examples from the facsimile of the autograph, allows readers to retrace the genesis and evolution of the thematic material in Dvorak's hands.

- Urtext edition at the cutting edge of Dvorak scholarship
- Preface and critical commentary ( Cz ./Ger./Eng.)
- All available sources taken into account
- Facsimiles of the sources enclosed

About Barenreiter Urtext

What can I expect from a Barenreiter Urtext edition?

- A reliable musical text based on all available sources
- A description of the sources
- Information on the genesis and history of the work
- Valuable notes on performance practice
- Includes an introduction with critical commentary explaining source discrepancies and editorial decisions

- Page-turns, fold-out pages, and cues where you need them
- A well-presented layout and a user-friendly format
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  • Ratings + Reviews

  • 5

    Kevin Coan
    Vernon, CT
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  • November 23, 2013 At Last: The Real Thing

    I remember fondly the moment I reached the final piece of the Fletcher Piano Couse: Humoresque, in the original key of Gb. It was a challenge to learn at first, but once I got used to it, the piece was really fairly easy. I have been disappointed to see, time...

    and time again, publications of this piece transposed to G major. It is actually easier to play in Gb, as the fingers fly over the black keys with greater accuracy than over the white ones. Pianists need to learn to play in the higher key signatures anyway, and this piece us a great opportunity to do so. This edition contains interesting factual information and critical notes regarding the text. Only two pages contain the music of the piece. There are also photos of the manuscript. Perhaps the only drawback to this publication is the price of it all, but it is difficult to find any other edition that is not in G.

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