Sheet music that Segovia used for Tedesco Melancolia?

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Sheet music that Segovia used for Tedesco Melancolia?

Post by glassynails » Sat Apr 29, 2017 6:49 am

Does anyone know what sheets Segovia used for Castelnuovo-Tedesco's Melancolia?
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Re: Sheet music that Segovia used for Tedesco Melancolia?

Post by David_Norton » Sat Apr 29, 2017 2:31 pm

Yes: he worked from the original manuscript. He of course edited it down from what MCT wrote, mostly thinning down inner chordal structures, but no major rewrites (as with "Capriccio Diabolico" for instance).
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Re: Sheet music that Segovia used for Tedesco Melancolia?

Post by RichardUno » Sat Apr 29, 2017 4:35 pm

Were any of Segovia's Platero y Yo arrangements ever published? There are the Gilardino editions, of course, but I'm wondering if Segovia's fingerings are documented anywhere. I think I have an arrangement of Melancolia somewhere that was handwritten by Christopher Parkening. It's probably very close to what Segovia recorded. I'd be interested in Segovia's arrangements of La Arrulladora, La Primavera, etc.
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Re: Sheet music that Segovia used for Tedesco Melancolia?

Post by David_Norton » Sun Apr 30, 2017 3:08 am

Segovia's version wasn't formally published, but there are photocopies floating around (or were in the 1970s) of various selections which people had transcribed by ear off the LPs.

There is/was a great story of the whole publication background posted on the RMCG Usenet list in December 1999, by Angelo Gilardino. Basically, Gilardino wanted to publish Tedesco's version as-written, and Ron Purcell wanted to publish the as-played-by-Segovia version. Gilardino won the day, and the four-volume complete cycle was printed as-written. In Gilardino's words, this grants each performer "the dignity of being his/her own editor, and no longer thought of as an irresponsible child who needs his/her parent's assistance for walking around." The downside of course is that there are any number of places where Tedesco's original writing is damned near impossible to play, so editing is needed, and playing directly from the score is out of the question for all but the very elite among CG sightreaders.

The same thing happened with other well-known pieces in the 1960s/70s. The published edition didn't align with the recorded version, so pirate photocopies were passed between students freely. Torroba's "Burgalesa" (published in F# major, but generally played/recorded in E major) is a classic example, along with the Platero cycle.
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