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04.04.2011 08:48

Award for facsimile publication of the “Ninth”

German Music Publishers' Award "Best Edition" for Bärenreiter

Bärenreiter-Verlag has been awarded the Deutscher Musikeditionspreis "Best Edition" 2011 for its publication last year of the facsimile of the manuscript of Ludwig van Beethoven’s 9th Symphony.

Beethoven’s autograph manuscript of the symphony, the majority of which is now preserved in the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin Preußischer Kulturbesitz, has had a chequered history. Since 1901 it has been in Berlin, except for a few folios which had ended up in Bonn and Paris. During the Second World War, however, the manuscript was stored in several different locations; the main body was preserved, unrecognised, in Krakow, and other parts passed through different locations on their journey. Only since 1992, two years after German reunification, have all parts except for the Bonn and Paris folios been reunited under the roof of the Staatsbibliothek Berlin.

In a splendidly produced facsimile containing all 433 pages, Bärenreiter-Verlag has published a reproduction of the manuscript, comprising the many folios in different formats. The precision in detail and authenticity of colour are astounding and offer tremendous insights into the compositional process. The prestigious volume, published in a large format of 37 x 40 cm (€ 698,–) and with a weight of 8 kg, contains a historical classification of the work, commentary on the handwriting and a history of the work. (4.4.2011)