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#2167587 - 10/17/13 07:49 AM French Suites of JS Bach
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I want a student of mine to get the Bach French Suites, and in something nicer than the old Peters Edition that I use for myself.

I see two different Henle Editions -- #71 with fingering, and #1071 without fingering. Both are Urtext.

Then there's also the Alfred Edition, which I've heard is good.

What do you use / recommend for students?

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#2167590 - 10/17/13 07:57 AM Re: French Suites of JS Bach [Re: Arthritis]
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I like the Henle and I appreciate their fingering suggestions, although I don't always do them. Alfred can tend to look a bit messy. It's nice to have as a reference for ideas on ornamentation, but not necessarily nice to play from.
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#2167622 - 10/17/13 09:15 AM Re: French Suites of JS Bach [Re: Morodiene]
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+1 I've used the Henle for many years now. Adding ornaments is easy, in fact, you can use recording as teaching tools to have students identify where ornaments are appropriate and what kind to use. Students can even listen to Shaun Chen in his preliminary round at the Van Cliburn here, May 26th, I believe. He begins his recital with the 5th French Suite.
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#2167699 - 10/17/13 01:09 PM Re: French Suites of JS Bach [Re: Arthritis]
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For Bach, one must remember that there are several "first editions," so even for an urtext edition the editor has to choose from several sources.

The old Peters edition is actually quite good for French Suites.

Henle's French Suites is not among its best edition.

Alfred is excellent, if you don't mind the spacious pagination and abundant footnotes that compare the different sources.

Have you looked into Vienna Urtext or Barenreiter?
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