The Bach Cello Suites - New Edition !
based on the Neue Bach Ausgabe (revised)
The suites take centre stage in the cello literature. They are timeless and beautiful and accompany cellists from their student years up through their professional career at the highest level.
Appropriately and not surprisingly there are countless editions of the suites. But the composer’s autograph has not come down to us. It is lost and this circumstance has always been a major challenge for editors. The four surviving handwritten sources and the original first edition of 1824 differ in many details, the articulation and phrasing being particularly ambiguous.
The New Practical Performing Editions
available in both soft-cover and hard-cover
These new editions, based on volume 4 of the New Bach Edition Revised (NBArev), now complete Bärenreiter’s collection of the cello suite editions. Andrew Talle has fundamentally reassessed the relations between the surviving sources and has drawn conclusions regarding their evaluation and consequently the genesis of the suites. His evaluations are augmented with thorough discussions of the instrument for which the suites were conceived and the interpretative practices in Bach's day.
As the editor says: “This edition does not present a perfect reconstruction of the lost autograph; no editor could claim to do so. Instead, I have attempted to provide musicians and scholars with a reliable version of the surviving musical text of the six cello suites and to shed light on the options which the Bach sources offer.”
The musical text of the edition is based on these findings. It approaches the composer's original intentions as far as the sources will permit. Details regarding articulation were deemed as being viable and were added to the musical text if they appeared in the majority of the sources.
What is the New Bach Edition (Revised)?
The New Bach Edition (NBA), now completed and available in 104 music volumes and 101 critical commentaries, is regarded as a work of musical scholarship of the first rank. The publication of this immense project stretched over 56 years.
However, since the publication of some of the earlier volumes, new sources have been discovered and others newly evaluated, new knowledge has been acquired and further editorial experience amassed. In the interest of a continued practical and musicological usability of the historical scholarly-critical complete edition, it is essential to update selected volumes.
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