Beethoven: Mass in C major Op. 86
Urtext based on the new Complete Edition Abteilung VIII/Band 3 (Henle) - ed. by Jeremiah W. McGrann
A new edition of an original Breitkopf work
Thanks to its first edition of 1812, one can truly call Beethoven's C-major Mass op. 86 an "original" Breitkopf work. It thus seemed perfectly logical to expand our collaboration with the G. Henle Verlag, begun in 2003, and prepare an Urtext performance material of this work as well, with a piano-vocal score and choral score drawn from the recently published volume of the new Beethoven Complete Edition. As is often the case with Beethoven's orchestral works, there are several often contradictory sources arising from the material used at the first performance and from the first edition, which call for the knowledgeable assessment of a specialist. Editor Jeremiah W. McGrann takes Breitkopf's original edition as the "main source," in spite of the shortcomings caused by a lack of time, and places particular emphasis on the aspect of the organ's figured bass. Two authentic readings have been transmitted, and are thus both printed in the score. The newly revised orchestral material contains a new organ part that has been realized by Siegfried Petrenz and fulfills every requirement for a stylistically authentic performance.
Orchestral material on the basis of the New Beethoven Complete Edition (G. Henle Verlag).
All conducting scores and orchestral parts as well as piano-vocal scores and choral parts are thus obtainable exclusively from Breitkopf & Härtel.
The piano reductions of the solo concertos and the study scores („Studien-Editionen“) remain within the G. Henle Verlag and can be ordered there: www.henle.com