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November 2005

Chopin Early Editions
More than 400 first or early printed editions of Chopin's music online.
Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12

The Chopin Early Editions Web site is presented by The University of Chicago Library. It includes over 400 first and early printed editions of musical compositions by Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849).
The site is well designed and the collection is easily searched in a variety of ways right from the main page. Links to other areas of the site are listed on the right side of the page.

This collection features over 400 first and early printed editions of the compositions of Frederic Chopin (1810-1849). The collection is can be searched by keyword as well as ten other categories or browsed in a variety of ways: title; uniform titles; genres such as ballades, concertos, preludes and waltzes; or dedicatees. Visitors can also access the collection register through the link on the right side of the page and find a list of all the scores with a brief identification data and a link to the digital score and a bibliographic description. "Because Chopin's works were often published concurrently in several countries with variant texts, scholars can establish a sequence of publication by comparing a range of printings." Included is a section with information on the digitizing of the collection.


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