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The below are mostly Schirmer editions, with some Kalmus, Salabert, Ricordi mixed in. These are OK for fun and are a good value. . . unless you are a serious student and must therefore use an authoritative score. Schirmer, Kalmus, Dover, etc. have always been a great source of Art music for the budget conscious, but for Chopin it becomes exceedingly important to use a true Urtext.
The most authoritative editons are published by G. Henle Verlag (Germany). Henle editions are expensive, but are editions that are well worth the investment. Any accomplished pianist knows the huge difference between 100 year old rescans of unknown sources and Henle Urtext. Henle represents the most recent scholarship in publishing Urtext editions, there are no inaccuracies in the score and no editor's opinions added (notes changed/added, pedal markings, changing Chopin's fingerings, etc.).
Check out the below, but also take some time to visit the Henle web pages on this site.
Nocturne Op. 9, No. 1 in A Flat Major
Nocturne Op. 9, No. 2 in E Flat Major
Nocturne Op. 72 No. 1 in E Minor
Nocturne Op. 55, No. 1 in F Minor
Nocturne, Op. posth.
Nocturnes Vol. 1
(Cortot/Salabert Import Edition)
Highly recommended. Cortot has many insights and technical excercises to help overcome many of the difficulties.
Contents: Nocturnes, Op. 9 (Nos. 1, 2, 3) - Nocturnes, Op. 15 (Nos. 1, 2, 3) - Nocturnes, Op. 27 (Nos. 1 and 2) - Nocturnes, Op. 32 (Nos. 1 and 2)
Nocturnes Vol. 2
(Cortot/Salabert Import Edition)
Also highly recommended, especially for anyone that is not studying with a Chopin expert. Cortot's flowery descriptions are somewhat dated, but his technical advice can make all the difference.
Contents: Nocturnes, Op. 37 (Nos. 1 and 2) - Nocturnes, Op. 48 (Nos. 1 and 2) - Nocturnes, Op. 55 (Nos. 1 and 2) - Nocturnes, Op. 62 (Nos. 1 and 2) - Nocturne, Op. 72a - Nocturne, Op. Posthumous
Polonaise in C Sharp Minor Op. 26, No. 1
Polonaise Op. 40, No. 1 in A Major
Polonaise Op. 53 in A Flat Major
24 Preludes Op. 28 (Complete)
Highly recommended for home study. Cortot has many excellent insights into solving technical difficulties. $24.95
Scherzi; Fantasy in F Minor
Scherzo Op. 31 in B Flat Minor
Scherzo Op. 39 in C Sharp Minor
Sonata Op. 35 in B Flat Minor
Sonata Op. 58
Tarantella Op. 43
Valse in A Minor
Waltz Op. 34, No. 2 in A Minor
Waltz Op. 64, No. 1 in D Flat Major
Waltz Op. 64, No. 2 in C Sharp Minor
Waltz Op. 69, No. 1 in A Flat Major
Waltz Op. 69, No. 2 in B Minor
Waltz Op. 70, No. 2 in F Minor
Each waltz contains practice techniques to overcome technical difficulties, as well as suggestions on interpretation. Cortot was "the" Chopin expert in the early 20th cent.
He took great interest in writing down his advice, and offers much that a qualified teacher would suggest to a student.
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