The Story of Barenreiter Urtext

Until the early 20th century performers and music teachers were principally concerned with handing on to students and posterity their understanding of great works in editions including their own performance instructions and editorial changes with regard to bowing, articulation, dynamics etc.

„Instructive“ editions were presented, for example, by Artur Schnabel for the Beethoven sonatas or Clara Schumann for the piano works of Robert Schumann.

As a reaction to these editions containing major changes that had not been indicated as such, there was a movement, about the  middle of the century, to re-consider the original form of the work with a musical text free from any extraneous input.

Please take a moment to watch the Bärenreiter film in which renowned conductor and musicologist Christopher Hogwood († 2014) takes you on a journey through Bärenreiter. Come with us behind the scenes. You will be given an insight into the editorial and production process of an Urtext edition. The history of this family-owned company is also revealed.

Musical works recorded for the film:

Johannes Brahms: „Albumblatt for Piano”
BÄRENREITER URTEXT, edited by Christopher Hogwood, BA 9606
Performed by Seiko Amano-Harborth in the Bärenreiter library

Johannes Brahms: „Trio for Violin, Horn (Viola or Violoncello) and Piano op. 40”
BÄRENREITER URTEXT, edited by Christopher Hogwood, BA 9435
Live recording of a masterclass with Christopher Hogwood at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt am Main (4 June 2012); participants: Chenjun Fan (violin), Cécile Dorchêne (violin/gut strings), Elen Guloyan (viola), Michael Preuß (violoncello), Yan Su (piano), Sung-Jae Kim (piano), Tobias Hartlieb (historical pianoforte), Catherine Eisele (French horn), Georg Köhler (natural horn).

Direction, Concept, Production management, Cut: Susanne Minke; Camera: Fabian Hentzen; Sound: Johanna Leistner; Colour correction: VERINET, München; Sound mixing: Echoplex, Berlin; Speakers: Marei Ahmia, Steve Taylor, Holger Franke; Photos: Johanna Leistner, Paavo Blåfield