Mussorgsky, Modeste / Michael Bomier - Gateway Editions
Publisher Desc. The complete suite, full-length, original keys, 95% original notes. Some passages edited for range, reduced harmonic spans in either hand, some octave leaps reduced to low-high note movements. Some metric changes in time signatures for better clarity of the underlying pulse. Lots of re-spellings to avoid the plethora of double flats and sharps, original spellings retained where a chord progression requires it, such as a D#7 in the key of G# minor. Some non-symmetrical or awkward chords re-voiced for ease of leaps in contrary motion. Sounds like a lot of changes, yet some of these same changes can be heard and seen on CD's and DVD's by well-known artists. The audio sample is of the piece "Les Tuileries", and is edited in much the same fashion as Lovo Pogerelich has done on his own Pictures DVD. A new urtext edition was used as the main source. Difficult at fast tempos, the spans and leaps that remain can be negotiated rather more easily as slower speeds. Bound for the best possible page turns. All the tremolandos and trills are written out for complete and explicit security for each musical gesture.
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