Thursday, March 01, 2007

Cheap Urtexts are once again at Costco

The Koenemann Urtext editions are once again on sale at Toronto-area Costco locations. Here's my latest haul, all picked up for $4.39 each:

  • Beethoven Sonatas (Volumes 1-4)
  • Debussy Children's Corner and Individual Pieces
  • Scott Joplin Ragtime works
  • The Alte Taenze anthology, which is a collection of various Baroque dance forms with examples from various composers
I must admit the idea of a Scott Joplin Urtext is perhaps going a bit far, since textual accuracy is kind of a moot point for ragtime scores, which were already supposedly dumbed down for the mass market in the early 20th century. Nevertheless, a neat and tidy ragtime edition is always a welcome edition to my library, whose ragtime section is dominated by thick Dover fascimile editions. The Alte Taenze anthology looks interesting for teaching purposes at least, with various examples of dance forms such as the Allemade, Courante, Sarabande, Gigue, Minuet, Polonaise and Waltz by composers famous and not-so-famous.

The Chopin Etudes and Bach French Suites are also on sale.

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