German Music Edition Prize - Best Edition

Every year an independent jury commissioned by the German Music Publishers Association awards the title “Best Edition”. With this award, sheet music editions and music books from German publishers are acknowledged for their excellent quality of content and presentation. With the award the Association aims to heighten awareness of the supreme quality of music publishing in Germany, as well as honouring those authors, editors, graphic designers and publishers of particular distinction. Bärenreiter Publishers have been recipients every year, often of several awards.

“Best Edition” prize awarded to Bärenreiter

Urtext edition of Couperin’s “Pièces de clavecin” wins prize

Kassel, 10 April 2017: This year too, Bärenreiter Verlag has won one of the much sought-after “Best Edition” prizes, awarded annually by the German Music Publishers’ Association (DMV) for outstanding music editions and music books. This year the prize was awarded to the Urtext edition “Pièces de clavecin. Premier livre (1713)” by François Couperin.
The jury praised, amongst other aspects, the bibliophilic presentation of the edition, as well as the “delightful clarity” of the music setting.

The award ceremony took place at the International Music Fair in Frankfurt. The presentation was made by Winfried Jacobs, vice president of the DMV. The photo shows him presenting the certificate to publisher Clemens Scheuch, Bärenreiter Verlag.

Editor Dr. Britta Schilling-Wang is particularly pleased about the award: “Denis Herlin has produced a tremendous piece of work. An innovative feature of the new edition is the evaluation for the first time of numerous proofs of the original printed version of 1713, some newly-discovered by the editor. We are extremely proud and happy that his editorial work has now been recognized by this prize.

The Urtext edition contains different versions of some of the pieces, plus an anonymous work which it has been possible to attribute to Couperin. The individual variants are meticulously documented in the detailed Critical Commentary, which contains detailed descriptions of the sources.

Dr. Schilling-Wang explains: “By retaining the essential characteristics of the original printed image – for example, the differentiation between curved ties and legato slurs drawn straight – in the modern music setting of the new Urtext edition, present-day interpreters are brought close to the special sound of this music in a fascinating way. The edition includes a foreword with valuable suggestions on questions of performance practice, a wealth of details on the creation and engraving of the Premier livre and a glossary which also traces the significance of the titles, all of which are particularly helpful for interpreters.

Photo: Denis Herlin

François Couperin: Pièces de clavecin. Premier livre (1713). Bärenreiter Urtext. Edited by Denis Herlin. BA 10844 (more).

It was an excellent Fair for us once again”, commented Ulrike Schermuly, Director of Promotion and Public Relations, after the award ceremony, and explained: “Our new Urtext campaign has just started  (more) – it’s fantastic that one of our Urtext editions has just been awarded this prize. It acknowledges our work and makes clear to the public how important the quality and reliability of music editions is.