Critical Notes Series: Prokofiev's Sinfonia Concertante

Currently, the price for the Boosey edition of Prokofiev's Sinfonia Concertante is $71.00. What do you expect to get when you pay that much money for a score? You get a Xerox copy of a 1950s Soviet edition that was worth pennies under the totalitarian regime, complete with 70+ year-old misprints. Why is Boosey changing that much? Because you are willing to pay that much for it! This music is in public domain in Canada and will be public domain in the EU (and other life+70 years countries) in January of 2024. In Canada, literally anyone can make an edition legally right now. Starting in 2024, anyone in life+70 years countries will be able to make an edition of Prokofiev. That's right, Henle, Barenreiter, or anyone else. Boosey knows this. Prokofiev sells. 

But onto why we are here. Below, I would like to offer a list of errata and textual variants for the solo part of Prokofiev's masterpiece.

Movement 1

m. 50: "Andante primo" tempo marking missing in the solo part and piano score. 
m. 58: note 4, lower voice is an eighth-note in the orch. score.
m. 60: note G in the middle voice extends under notes 1-2 in the solo part and piano score; under notes 1-3 in the orch. score.
m. 69: notes 14-16 are G-F-E in the solo part and piano score. Rostropovich plays E-D-Bb, as printed in the orch. score.

 

 

mm. 73-74: all sources have too many beats; dotted rhythm is twice the value in Boosey.
m. 76: all instruments except for the solo have a cresc. in the orch. score. I suggest a cresc. for the soloist as well.
m. 101: espress. piena voce only in orch. score.
m. 130, beat 2: lower voice is an E# in the solo part and piano score. It should be an E-natural.


m. 142: notes 5 and 11 have a staccato marking in the solo part and piano score. The orch. score does not have a staccato on those notes.
m. 155 (Reh. 17): notes 5-7 and 9-12 are incorrect in the solo part and piano score. It should be as notated below.

m. 197: solo part and piano score missing "Più mosso" tempo text.
m. 223: solo part and piano score missing "Andante primo" tempo text. 
m. 223: notes 14-16 are A-G-F# in the solo part and piano score. Rostropovich plays F#-E-C, as printed in the orch. score.

Movement 2

m. 200: note 3, lower voice spelled as G# in the orch. score; as Ab in the solo part and piano score.
m. 208: notes 8-9 have tenuto marks.
m. 210: orch. score makes a numbering mistake that effects the rest of the bar numbers in this movement.
m. 241-2: solo part and piano score fuse these two bars together without a time signature change; the orch. score correctly has a barline.
m. 262: mf dim. p dynamics in the score are probably a misprint in the orch. score.
m. 269: hairpin only in the orch. score. 
m. 270: f only in the orch. score.
m. 310: notes 1-2 are slurred in the solo part, without a tenuto mark on note 1. 
m. 326: notes 3-4 are E#-F# in the orch. score; F#-G in the solo part and piano score. Rostropovich plays F#-G.
m. 389: solo part has a "Poco più mosso"
m. 427: solo part and piano score have a whole-note; orch. score has a half-note.
m. 429: "Poco più largo" tempo text in only found in the solo part.
m. 497: note 1 is missing # in the solo part. 
m. 503: solo part and piano score missing an accent mark.
m. 509: the orch. score has m. 500 printed.

Movement 3

m. 19: tempo marking missing from the orch. score. 
m. 41: > missing from the orch. score. 
m. 54: staccato marks are missing from the solo part and piano score.
m. 61: dim. missing from the solo part and piano score. 
m. 81 and 84: note 1 missing > in the orch. score. 
m. 103: staccato mark missing from the solo part.
m. 108: f missing from orch. score. 
m. 120: arco marking missing in the orch. score. 
m. 126: note 1, top voice is a e with an > in the solo part and piano score. 
m. 139: > missing in the orch. score. 
m. 155: notes 2-3 missing staccato marks in the orch. score.
m. 182: note 4 missing tenuto mark in the solo part.
m. 215: orch. score has the note 1 rhythm dot on the lower voice; solo part has it on the upper voice.
m. 223: orch. score has a dotted-quarter in the upper voice and a slur on notes 1-3 in the lower voice. 
m. 242: orch. score missing rehearsal number 20. 
m. 250: notes 2-3 have staccato marks in the orch. score. 
m. 264: solo part and piano score do not have notes to play. 
m. 271: orch. score missing staccato marks.
m. 274: notes 2-3 missing staccato marks in the orch. score. 
m. 275: missing staccato marks in the orch. score. 
m. 276: notes 1-3 missing staccato marks and simile in the orch. score. 
m. 284: orch. score has a quarter-note, solo part has an eighth-note, piano score has an eighth-note without an eighth rest.
m. 322: solo part and piano score missing fermata on beat 4.
mm. 329-330: solo part and piano score missing tenuto marks on notes 1 and 3. 
m. 336: solo part missing dim. but has a rit. 
m. 342: note 1 is a quarter-note misprint in solo part.
m. 343: notes 1-2 missing tenuto marks in the orch. score.
m. 356: note 17 have an > in the orch. score, tenuto in the piano score, and nothing in the solo part.
m. 368: solo part has tenutos on all notes; orch. score has notes 2-4 slurred without tenutos.
m. 369: notes 4-5 have tenuto marks without a slur in the orch. score.
m. 369: solo part missing f
m. 371: orch. score has a f; solo part has a ff.
m. 380: lower voice is spelled enharmonically in the orch. score.
m. 398: ff missing in solo part and piano score. 
m. 401: note 2 missing > in orch. score.

 

 

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