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    Captain of Water Music Thomas Dressler's Avatar
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    CT, that's an interesting idea. However there is a really wonderful edition of the Widor symphonies already, edited by John Near and published by A-R Editions, Inc. The scholarship of this edition is incredible. The difficulty with Widor symphonies is that he revised them numerous times over the years, and the public domain edition has for the most part, I believe, early versions of the pieces. The John Near edition tends to the last versions, but also includes other versions of they are of special interest, and he describes in detail the changes Widor made. A really wonderful edition, and I wish more editions of organ music were like this one!

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    Thomas, can you please give me an ISBN for this edition, I'll see if my music store can't order it. thanks

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    thomas, I'm having a devil of a time finding a "kosher" edition of the Widor symphonies, I'm not sure one house publishes the lot, can you adivse what might be a suitable urtext? thanks

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    Captain of Water Music Thomas Dressler's Avatar
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    Hi CT,

    The really great edition is published by A-R Editions, Inc., 801 Deming Way, Madison, Wisconsin 53717 telephone (608) 836-9000

    They have all of the Widor Symphonies as part of a series they call "Recent researches in the music of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries."

    I don't own all of them (they're a little pricey) but the ISBN number for Symphonie #5 is 0-89579-276-1

    Does that help?

    Tom

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    Thomas,

    Enormously, thanks, I'll see if I can't contact them.

    Next time you think about an overseas trip, let me know if you come to Sydney and I'll organise you to see and play some of our local monsters. Town Hall especially has to be played to be believed.

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    On the topic of Vierne, the wonderful Ben van Oosten cycle recorded on the MDG label (brown coloured cover with an oil painting of Vierne at a console), does NOT list the organs specifically (drives me nuts). Just says recorded on the Cavaillé-Coll organs of Rouen, Lyon and Toulouse ... most vexing. Anyone know which is used for which of the 6 symphonies?

    Call me anal-retentive, but when I load my organ CDs onto iTunes I like to specify by organ ... annoys me that I can't with this wonderful cycle.

    Having posted this ... I hang my head in shame ... they are mentioned (albiet slightly hidden). D'Oh!
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    Hi C.T. 64
    I,ve mailed MDG about the C.C. organs in the recording,will report back as soon as I can get a reply from the company.

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    CD, look at my latest post on your thread about Gothic--the Organ Historical Society carries the Near edition of the Widor!

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