100 Years of Bärenreiter

What do you associate with Bärenreiter?

"Excellence, commitment, dedication, discipline, patience, research, challenges, ambition, vision, inspiration, transmission, vocation—these are the words and values I associate with Bärenreiter."

- Fanny Clamagirand, Violinist and Bärenreiter Jubilee Ambassador

100 Years of Bärenreiter

 In 1923, a year marked by extremes including inflation, depression, excessive parties, workers' riots, and political instability, Bärenreiter emerged. Founded by Karl Vötterle, a young man not yet of age, the company's humble beginnings consisted of publishing folksong collections, later expanding to include church and organ music editions.

Over the span of a century, Bärenreiter has evolved into an internationally renowned publisher, earning acclaim for its musicological editions that have captivated musicians worldwide. Today, musicians across the globe hold the BÄRENREITER URTEXT seal in high regard, recognizing it as a symbol of editions meticulously crafted through a comprehensive assessment of all available sources, while also considering the performer's needs.

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Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 3 in G Major, K. 216

This piano reduction of Mozart’s G major violin concerto comes with two solo parts. One violin part gives players the Urtext of the “New Mozart Edition”. The tutti passages are all presented in normal size print for players wanting to perform these sections with the first violins. An ossia has been included in small print for the last four measures before the first solo passage to allow for the transition to the solo section.

The second violin part is a prepared performance part and offers bowings, fingerings and performance practice comments.

An original cadenza by Mozart to this work has not come down to us. Therefore, a booklet is inserted which assembles cadenzas, lead-ins and fermata embellishments by Eugène Ysaÿe, Leopold Auer, Sam Franko and Martin Wulfhorst. This collection provides players with a spectrum of styles available in no other publication.

The piano reduction of the orchestral score is comfortable to play, uncluttered and practical. Solo parts and piano reduction appear with page turns where you need them and with fold-out pages where necessary.

This edition features:

  • Urtext solo part
  • Second violin part with bowing and fingering
  • Separate booklet with cadenzas, lead-ins, and fermata embellishments by L. Auer, E. Ysaÿe, S. Franko, M. Wulfhorst

To celebrate 100 years of Bärenreiter, the solo violin part with piano reduction is on sale for only $9.95!

What does "Urtext" mean?

'Urtext'. The very word smacks of dusty libraries and crumbling manuscripts that have to be handled with kid gloves. But behind the idea of 'Bärenreiter Urtext' are people passionately devoted, then and now, to living music. People who consider music a necessity of life, not a decorative adjunct.

All composers, whether a servant to a higher realm like Bach, or a genius like Mozart who composed faster than he could write, or a rebellious hero like Beethoven, have a precise idea of what their creations should sound like. But circumstances may have conspired to alter those creations or to detach them from their original idea.

Musicologists invest their every effort to reconstruct the intentions of the composer from the surviving sources. In a painstaking process of comparison, evaluation, decision-making and verification, they produce a version that will then appear in print and on the music stands of concert halls, opera houses or one's own living room.

Finally, musicians need a reliable basis for their art. No one who has studied the great works of music history will trust slipshod editions. Only the very best is good enough for the geniuses of the past.