New Schubert edition

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New Schubert edition

The New Schubert Edition ( original title : Franz Schubert. New edition of all works) is a scholarly and critical complete edition of the works of the composer Franz Schubert (1797–1828). It is run by the International Schubert Society. V. issued; the volumes of music are published by Bärenreiter-Verlag , the critical reports by the publishing house of the International Schubert Society (Tübingen). The edition takes into account the current source situation and the latest research results and thus offers a secure basis for science and musical practice. The New Schubert Edition endeavors to do justice to the specific character of Schubert's understanding of the work, which is often expressed in equally adjacent versions and in numerous variants.

History and funding

The preliminary considerations for a New Schubert Edition go back to the 1950s before they took shape: The story of the New Schubert Edition began on November 19, 1963, Franz Schubert's 135th anniversary of his death, with the founding of the International Schubert -Gesellschaft e. V. by Walter Gerstenberg and Otto Erich Deutsch . The sole task of the company is to enable the publication of all of Franz Schubert's works, including fragments and drafts. For this purpose, the society has installed an edition management, for which rooms in the Musicological Institute of the University of Tübingen have been made available. At the same time, a job was established in Vienna , which is based at the Austrian Academy of Sciences .

The New Schubert Edition was initially funded by the Volkswagen Foundation, which provided start-up funding for five years and remained associated with the project until 1979. On the Austrian side, the Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology participated in the financing from the start , the City of Vienna joined in 1967, and in the Schubert year 1978 the Austrian Academy of Sciences (Vienna) also joined the group of subsidy providers . In 1979 the new Schubert edition was included in the academy program of the Union of German Academies of Sciences , represented by the Academy of Sciences and Literature (Mainz). It has since been financed by funds from the Federal Republic of Germany, the State of Baden-Württemberg, the Republic of Austria, the City of Vienna and the Austrian Academy of Sciences.

Content and scope

When it comes to its conclusion, the New Schubert Edition will comprise 84 volumes in eight series:

  • I church music (9 volumes)
  • II stage works (18 volumes)
  • III polyphonic chants (4 volumes)
  • IV songs (15 volumes)
  • V orchestral works (7 volumes)
  • VI Chamber Music (9 volumes)
  • VII piano music (12 volumes)
  • VIII Supplement (10 volumes)

In addition to the works, each volume contains a detailed foreword and facsimile reproductions from the source material used as an instructive supplement to the edition. At the end of each volume is the section “Sources and readings”. Detailed manuscript descriptions and additional lists and corrections are recorded in separate critical reports published by the Verlag der Internationale Schubert Gesellschaft .

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