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The third volume of Schenker's "Erläuterungsausgabe," published in 1916 and comprising Beethoven's Piano Sonata in C minor, Op. 111 in his edition based on the two autograph manuscripts and 61 pages of sketches (Artaria 201). At the time, and still today, the complete autograph was in the Royal Library, Berlin, and the second autograph (composing score of the first movement) was in the Beethovenhaus, Bonn. Schenker's text comprised his "Vorwort" (Foreword), "Vorbemerkung zur Einführung" (Preliminary Remark to the Introduction), "Einführung" (Introduction—Schenker also informally called this section "Analyse"), and "Literatur" (Secondary Literature). It is published by Universal Edition, Vienna.

Publication History

First Edition

The original edition was published in 1916, with publication number UE 3978.

Cover title-page: BEETHOVEN-SCHENKER | ERLÄUTERUNGS-AUSGABE | DER LETZTEN FÜNF SONATEN | SONATE C MOLL | OP. 111.

Inner title-page: DIE LETZTEN | FÜNF SONATEN | VON | BEETHOVEN | — | KRITISCHE AUSGABE | MIT EINFÜHRUNG | UND ERLÄUTERUNG | VON | HEINRICH SCHENKER | — | PIANO SOLO

Chronology: Schenker's Foreword is dated August 30, 1915. He had submitted his manuscript of the work on May 4, 1915; proof correcting ran from July 1915 to early January 1916. The edition went to press on January 22, 1916, and 500 copies were delivered from the printer to the publisher on March 31, 1916.

Second Edition

Chronology: This edition went to press on April 25, 1925, and 497 copies were delivered from the printer to the publisher on August 25, 1925.

New Edition

Edited by Oswald Jonas, and published in 1971, with publication number UE 26.305, this excises Schenker's polemical matter and commentary on the secondary literature, and replaces Schenker's edition with the 1945 revision by Erwin Ratz, with the effect that the scores contradict some of the textual argument in Schenker's elucidations.

Cover title-page: Beethoven | Die letzten Sonaten | SONATE C MOLL OP. 111 | Erläuterungsausgabe | von HEINRICH SCHENKER

Inner title-page: Beethoven | Die letzten Sonaten | SONATE C MOLL OP. 111 | Kritische Einführung und Erläuterung von | HEINRICH SCHENKER | herausgegeben von | Oswald Jonas

English Translation and Study

The recent English translation by John Rothgeb is likewise in four separate, small-format volumes and a website, of which this volume is:

Piano Sonata in C minor, Op. 111, Beethoven's Last Piano Sonatas: An Edition with Elucidation, vol. III, transl., ed. and annotated by John Rothgeb (New York: Oxford University Press, 2015)

This edition follows the text of Schenker's original, thereby restoring all the material excised by Jonas in his 1971 edition. Explanatory and citational footnotes by Rothgeb incorporate some of the observations made by Jonas. Schenker's surveys of the secondary literature appear not in the print volumes but on the website. The score of the sonata appears neither in the print volume nor on the website.

Source:

  • Universal Edition Archive: Verlagsdruckbuch UE 3978

Contributor:

  • Ian Bent and William Drabkin

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