Despite publication of revised editions of orchestral repertoire, many scores and parts still contain significant errors. Norman del Mar's Orchestral Variations (Eulenburg, London, 1981), studies 45 works: newer editions have made some chapters obsolete (e.g. Jonathan del Mar's edition of Beethoven symphonies); most remain valid. 29 works, e.g. Debussy, Prélude à L'Après-midi d'un faune) are treated thoroughly in the US Conductors Guild Journal and on-line here.
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Barber, Death of Cleopatra ('Give me my robe'), Two Scenes from Antony and Cleopatra
Figure 8 (4/8): crotchet = 80 should read quaver = 80 in f.s., v.s. and parts.
Figure 10, 5th bar: first violins, final note (F#) should be 8va, like rest of bar.
Figure 13, 8th bar: ten(uto) marked on 2nd/3rd crotchet in f.s.; not in v.s.
Boïeldieu, Overture: Le Calife de Bagdad
Two trumpet parts (in A) supplied with the Kalmus set, reinforcing in tutti sections only. Absent from both Kalmus full score A1330 and Eulenberg miniature EE3791/Nr.1105 bars 169, 171, 173, 175: bassoon and lower strings: Kalmus / Eulenberg scores have dotted crochet - quaver - crotchet x 2 rhythm; parts: dotted crotchet - quaver x 2
243: Scores: strings have crochet rest on 2nd beat. Parts: play as per 3rd and 4th beats.
Britten, Four Sea Interludes: Peter Grimes
Trombones 1-3 missing from instrumentation list of HPS 83, but required in score and listed on first page of music.
Bruch, Violin Concerto No.1
3rd mvt: 'Cello: 2 before H. Erroneous pizz. marking: ignore and play arco. Correct in score.
Bruckner, Te Deum
3 after R (bar 19, Salvum fac populum): trombone and tuba parts in Peters Edition f.s. 32111 missing in the parts. Ditto 8 bars later at bar 27).
26 after T: 'Cello part E quaver should be E-flat.
Canteloube, Chants d'Auvergne - 1st Series
III. Full score tempo marking should be dotted crotchet = 66 (B - Ound'Onoren) and = 72 (C - Obal), not crochet.
18 before [N]: Double Bass error in part: first C should be q not e (correct in score).
Cimarosa, Overture: Il matrimonio segreto
194, 4th crotchet: Violin 1 should be C#, not B. Wrong in score (Eulenberg E.E. 3796) and ms part.
Copland, Appalchian Spring: complete ballet, full orchestra version
294: Trombones: tenor clef missing in score and 2nd trombone part; 1st trombone part written a 5th too low.
: Flute 1: G-flat is correct (from G# in previous bar)
795 (1 before ): Score and violin 1 part: natural sign missing from A quaver (cf viola and 'cello lines)
838 (: Glockenspiel part missing key signature (six flats)
Debussy, Clarinet Rhapsody
3 bars after : Vln 2 in score and parts has 'pizz' marking; again at 3 after  , without a cancelling arco in between.
3 before : Clarinet solo has C quaver, sounding Bb. This clashes with Bbb quaver in 1st flute and 1st oboe. From harmonic context, Bb more likely.
Debussy, Marche écossaise
5-6 after : Vln 1: Slur from first quaver of +5 to first quaver of +6 not in parts. In Editions Jobert score E.1410 F.7 after : Parts: Vln 1 Gn should be G#. Correct in score.
Debussy, Fêtes: Nocturnes
: Horns 2, 3 and 4 should have written F, A and D (ie G minor chord transposed). Incorrect in Dover f.s. reprint of original edition (2 and 3: A; 4: F) and parts (2 and 3: A; 4: D). Correct in Editions Jobert 1964.
Delius, A Song before Sunrise
Bar 7: Oboe: final dotted crotchet misprinted: should be A natural, not B-flat.
6 before B: Clarinet parts are misprinted in oboe line in full score (Augener 15724 R). Parts in some editions ammended by hand.
3 after C: Violin and Viola parts slurred: three quavers per bow: missing in score.
8 after G: Violins 1 and Violin 2 top line have no dynamics. Piano implied.
4 before end: Viola 2 part: F# crotchet - G quaver misprint: should read A# crotchet to B quaver, like Viola 1.
Note scoring includes timpani (not listed on page one in score: plays 4 bars after B for one bar only).
See also editorial report by Robert Threlfall from Delius, Complete Works (1977, with 1986 supplement)
4 before Y: flute 1 should read A-flat (A-natural error in part).
15 before end: oboe 1 should read E-flat (E natural error in part).
Dvořák, Stabat Mater
IV. bar 121: clarinet 1 in Breitkopf PB.5361 score and part: 2nd quaver should be G-natural, not flat.
Dvořák, Symphony No.1
2nd mvt: horn 1 part: 1 bar's rest too many after pause bar at 194, and horn 1's final entry at bar 201. Delete one of the single bar rests.
3rd mvt: violin 1 part: bar 128 (2 bars before 1st time bar) is printed twice. Deleting first bar on line of 1st time bar corrects the error.
Dvořák, Symphony No.6
10 after [B], bar 117: bassoon 1 part. Natural missing from C quaver.
8 after [C], bar 147: bassoon parts. # missing from first quaver D.
7 before 1st time bar: horn 2 part (in D). Written C should be E (as per horn 1).
Dvořák, Te Deum
2 before [W]: bassoon 2. Written A-natural should read A-flat.
Elgar, The Banner of St George
Part One: Final timpani entry (2-bar G troll and crotchet) in full score is missing from part.
3 bars after C: second horn has flat missing from A on first note in bar (should be a-flat)
6 after Q: Hn 3 has crotchet rest missing on fourth beat.
Elgar, Serenade for Strings
II. Bar 19 [3 after I]. First violin part: semi-quaver beam missing between F and E on third quaver.
Elgar, Symphony No.1
III. 1 before 100, bar 63: bassoon 1: should read tenor clef in part (correct in score and bassoon 2). 4 after 100: bass clef (correct in bassoon 1 part).
de Falla, Suite No1: 'Escenas y Danzas', El sombrero de tres picos
Bar 76 [2 before 15]: Viola: always E# and F natural through to bar 79 (as per full score Chester CH 61761 (2001).
de Falla, Suite No.2: El sombrero de tres picos
Source: CH 61762 (Chester Music, 2001). Errors cited in del Mar, Conducting Favourite Concert Pieces (Oxford, 1998), pp.100-113), are corrected in the 2001 Chester score and parts.
II. Danza de Molinero (Farucca)
Bar 23: Horn 1 (in F) part should read F# q - B h.
Franck, Le Chasseur maudit
Bar 151 (5 before E), 2nd/3rd beat: 2nd horn printed A#. Should read F#, like 1st horn part. Correct in score E.E. 3684 / Eulenburg 514.
Bar 273 (Molto lento): 1st 'cello line missing from part until Plus animé / Più animato before N. Correct in score E.E. 3684.
Bar 296 (7 after L), minim on 2nd beat: Tbn 3 and Tba have B-flat in parts. Should read B-natural. Correct in score E.E. 3684).
Letter O (bar 333) printed five bars too early in double bass part.
Gershwin, Piano Concerto in F
I. Opening crotchet = 69 (EE 6808) should read minim = 69 (as in 1927 New World Music Corporation S-1027-116).
II. 8 before fig 1: 2nd violin entry is missing from parts.
II. 2 before fig 2: 4th horn part: muted instruction missing.
III. 13 after fig 19: 1st violin has 3rd quaver accent. All comparable phrases have 4th quaver accent.
III. 6 before end: '(four beats)' instruction printed two bars later in score (above 3/4 bar) than in parts.
F.J. Haydn, The Creation
Part II: Aria: 'On Mighty Pens ...', b.173: Vc / Db part: first note E, not G
Part III: Duet and Chorus: 'By thee, with bliss ...', b.359: Vc / Db part: last semiquaver C, not D
Part III: Final Chorus:, b.36: Vc / Db part: first note quaver G, not E-flat
(All correct in Peters full score 5453 and New Novello vocal score.)
With thanks to Robin de Smet.
Ibert, Flute Concerto
1st Violin part: 1st Movement
Figure 7, bar 9 should be marked "p.o." (Position ordinaire).
Figure 9, bar 10: Top part should be an octave above lower part (a ledger line is missing for the second and third notes)
Figure 18, bar 11: Each of the two groups of 4 semi quavers should be slurred. That bar should be marked "sff".
Figure 21: The key signature (2/4) is missing for those 2 bars rest.
First note of the movement should be F not G.
Figure 25: first note (D flat) should be a crotchet, not a dotted crotchet).
Figure 29, bars 1, 3 and 8: The semi quavers should be demisemiquavers.
Figure 31, bar 6: The final note of the top part should be A flat (ledger line missing)
Figure 33, bar 3: The first note of the solo line should be B natural, not D.
Last bar of the movement: The top and bottom notes should be D flat as in the previous bar.
Figure 50, bar 4: A minim rest is missing in both the divided parts.
Source: UE 8680. / W. Ph. V.224II.
. Delete violin 1 and 2 and viola dotted crotchet. Rests instead.5 after : bar 130. Trombone 1: E instead of D.2 before : bar 134. Trombone 1: final e C instead of A-flat. Trombone 2 is correct.
9 after : bar 195 (both times): no slurs in oboes / clarinets.III.
4 before : bar 42. Con moto: should read crotchet = 132, not minim = 100. Peters ed. has, also incorrectly, crotchet = 100.7 and 8 after : bars 49/50. Peters ed. reverses trombone 1 and 2 parts.5 after : bar 94. 'Camp.'. No pitch in UE 8680. Should be tuned in E-flat.11 after : bar 100. Tuba should play low A-flat e on 1st beat. Cf. bar 79.5 after . Delete più mosso marking.IV.
8 and 9 after : bars 140-41. Oboe part missing from score: should be D-flat - E-flat crotchet (140), tied to E-flat minim (141).V. 5 after : bar 63. Peters edition has, incorrectly, e = 69, instead of crotchet = 69. (Correct in UE 8680).3 after : bar 87. Delete double bass F crotchet. Should be rest, with double bass entering as printed in 88.2 after : bar 116. Cymbal printed one bar too early: should play in 117 instead.: Score: tempo marked crotchet = 92. Should read = 72.5 before : Score: Allegro tempo marked dotted minim = 72. Should read dotted crotchet.
Janáček, Žárlivost (Jealousy)
Bars 27-28:UE 34803has major difference with score and parts H.3932a (1964), not noted in critical commentary. The latter repeats the rhythmic figure of 23-24 up a semitone, although retaining the C#.
Bar 165: UE 34803 score. Should read 1st bassoon, not 2nd.
Kodály, Dances of Galánta
Bar 33: Violin 1: # missing from D semiquaver in part.
Bar 79: 2nd Violin 1 and 'Cello G is #.
Mahler, Symphony No.4
II. Triangle: part has 21 bars' rest between first and second entry; should be 22. Correct in scores.
Maxwell Davies, An Orkney Wedding, with Sunrise
Bar 285: Violin 2 (solo) part written h | Crotchet missing: should read:h.
Correct in score (Boosey and Hawkes HPS 1119 / B & H 20778).
Overture: bars 69-70: horn 1 part has quavers and rests the wrong way around - should match with rest of section and score.
Menotti, 'To this we've come', The Consul
Figure 106: Percussion. 1 bar before: cymbals; at 106: bass drum. Clear in f.s., not in part.
Mozart, Overture: Le nozze di Figaro, K.492
Eulenberg E.E.3703 / Nr. 603: Bar 293: minim rest missing in second violin.
Mussorgsky (orch. Ravel), Pictures at an Exhibition
Flute 3/ Piccolo:
Baba-Yaga (page 6): 1 bar before 88 to 90. Marked 3rd flute; should read piccolo.
Great Gate of Kiev (page 7): 4th of 104. Marked piccolo; should read 3rd flute. Instruction to change to piccolo given correctly at 106, prior to 107.
Nielsen, Helios Overture
26: Violin 1: cresc - poco - dim marking missing in parts
95: Timpani missing bar (same as 94)
98: Oboe 2 B# in part should read D
117: Violin 1 missing slur
121: Bassoon and brass missing chord
124: Violin 1: F, not F-flat
127: 'Cello: natural sign missing: G-natural
169: Violin 1 2nd note should be joined into following slur
172: Violin 1: slur continues for next two bars
186: Violin 1: slur to 2nd note B-flat in next bar
188: Violin 1: slur to 2nd note C-flat in next bar
197-98: Violin 1: tremolo, as per previous bars
229: Violin 1: flat missing above trill (to F-flat)
240: Viollin 1: natural missing above trill (to D natural)
266: Violin 1: last note A, not F#
277: Flute 1 D# in part should read E.
293: Violin 1: C-flat should read C-natural
See Edition Wilhelm Hansel, Copenhagen 2001 (ed. Thomas Michelsen) for extensive errata list.
Nielsen, Symphony No.1
Fourth movement: The piccolo part is printed in the Flute I part, with first and second flute lines in Flute II and III parts respectively.
Poulenc, Concert champêtre
: 3 bars of the harpsichord solo part are missing from the full score.
Instrumentation list in Chester score (1951/1993) lists two trombones; should read two horns.
Prokofiev, Violin Concerto No.1
84 (one bar before ): double bass part foruth quaver should be A natural, not G natural (correct in score).
105 and 109 ( and 5 after ): double bass part: mimum rest in second half of bars missing
93 (): 'cello part: semiquavers misplaced in second half of bar. Should be like 94 and subsequent bars.
122 (1 after ): 'cello: arco instruction missing in part
129 (): 'cello part last four quavers missing (same as first four).
Puccini, Intermezzo: Manon Lescaut
7 after . Clarinets 1 and 2 show semiquavers starting after seven bars. In score, entry is four bars later.
Rachmaninov, Symphonic Dances, op.45
2 before . Forte marking missing from 'cello part, and (also double bass part) diminuendo 1 before .
2 before : Triangle part. Third beat (second printed note): misprinted as crotchet; should be quaver. Correct in score (Boosey and Hawkes 05802).
3 after : Violin 1 bowing contradiction: down in part; up in score.
3 and 4 bars before end: Violin 2: slur missing in part (see previous phrase for context)
3 before : Violin 1 F natural to sharp slur missing in part.
+5 and 6: Violin 1 2nd part: D-flat quaver to crotchet tie in score is not in parts and seems wrong, not matching other parts.
+5: Semi-quaver beaming missing from viola 2nd part 1st note.
+2: 'Cello slur C to B# quaver missing in score.
1 before : 1st violins take the two upbeat semiquavers in Allegro vivace tempo
+3 and +7: slur across all three notes missing in violin 2 and 2 parts; also missing in +3 score - cf. winds for slurs.
+3: viola: piano dynamic should be at start of phrase.
+3: 2nd Flute part missing natural from C: will play C# unless corrected.
+4: viola: diminuendo missing in parts (corresponds with violin 1 and 2)
+3: 'cello B to D slurred in parts, not in score.
-1: both 'cello slurs missing in top line (second line and parts correct)
+7 and +8: double bass D-flat is tied over bar in score, not in parts. Latter probably correct, corresponding with score and parts for 'cello 2, viola and violin 2.
+9: Allegro vivace: 9/8 marking missing from cor anglais part.
: Violin 2 part has 10 quavers: an extra A/D double-stopped semi-quaver before the bars' two final quaver rests.
Respighi, The Pines of Rome / Pini di Roma
II. 2/4 Horn parts: first three lines should be bass clef instead of printed treble clef.
Rimsky-Korsakov, Capriccio espagnol
II. 21 before [F]: 'Cello parts: 1st quaver misprinted as A natural. Should read C.IV.10 after [O]: 'Cello parts: arco missing.V.
5 before [Z]: Violin 2 parts: n missing before first (acro) G.
Rimsky-Korsakov, Christmas Eve Suite
Bassoon 2: 6 after : D# in part should read D natural (correct in full score H & Cie. 9077).
Note misnumbering of pages in several orchestral parts, e.g. no p.12 in Violin I.
Rossini, Stabat Mater
Horn 1 part: No.8, bat 79, one bar after : E natural in part should read D natural, sounding G, as per Carus 70.089/07.
3rd movement: Horn 1 and 2: bar 127. Parts should read B-flat (missed in part; correct in score).
Schoenberg, Pierrot Lunaire
Piccolo part: No.3, Der Dandy: bar 26. Minim rest printed on 4th beat instead of crotchet. Correct in full score.
Shostakovich, Symphony No.9
I. E: Double bass missing pizzicato marking in score and part (see 'cello part at same place, and arco marking at b. 134).
V. Bar 379: vc part G# should be G natural, like surrounding bars. Correct in score.
Sibelius, En Saga
Full score (Breitkopf und Härtel no.1786) instrumentation states three percussion players: only two required.
Sibelius, Symphony No.1
IV. [O]+8: Violins: final quaver misprinted in parts as G; should read F#.
Sibelius, Symphony No.3
I. Horn 4: figure  printed three bars too late in part.
III. Viola: 8 after figure . Last quaver G in part is wrong. Should be F - score correct.
Flute 2 part, 9 after : second half-note should be G, not Ab. Score correct. Error present frequently in recordings. (With thanks to Nicolas Waldvogel.)
Sibelius, Symphony No.5
II (Andante mosso, quasi allegretto)
9 bars after I: trombone 1 has F# printed in score and part, but frequently performed as F natural, e.g. Berglund/Chamber Orchestra of Europe, 2012. (With thanks to Robert Max.)
Sibelius, Violin Concerto
III. Bars 10-11: Double bass: bar line in 10 printed one beat too early, making bar 10 as 2/4 then bar 11 as 4/4. Overall, the part has the correct number of beats.
10 after E: Viola first B-flat (on 3rd quaver) misprinted in part as B-natural. Score is correct.
1 after K: Timpani - Kalmus parts, following Urbanek/old Eulenburg, omits roll.
Note numerous minor differences between Urbanek/old Eulenburg score/Kalmus No.470 with Eulenburg 1975 edition EE.3643.
Johann Strauss II, Die Fledermaus Overture
Horn 2: bar 8, 1st note should be concert C#.
Richard Strauss, Salome’s Dance
Full Score: Boosey and Hawkes no.16146: reduced orchestra version:
p.6 (bar 54; 3 after E): ’cello: should read low E (like double bass), not D.
p.16: trombones 2,3: & printed; should be ? .
p.17: trombones: should read 2,3; not 1,2.
p.21 (bar 114): violin 1 and 2: should be semi-quaver on third beat, not quaver (c.f. top viola line).
p.47 (bar 255): should solo viola and solo ’cello continue A harmonic during this bar? (c.f. original full orchestra version).
Richard Strauss, Suite: Der Rosenkavalier
Study score: Boosey and Hawkes 9070:
pp.6-8: bass clarinet in B-flat, not in A as designated. (Key signature is correct).
p.33: 2nd violins: one bar too many before pause at .
p.38: 4 after  / bar 193. Marked minim = 48; should read dotted minim = 48.
pp.53-4 (4-5 after ; bars 394-95): should tuba have low E dotted minims?p.56:  - 2 and 1 (bars 410 / 411): cor anglais: error in full score. Check also with 1st and 2nd bassoon parts.
p.57: 1 after  (bar 422): 1st violin (solo line): printing error. Minim ‘A’ instead of semi-breve.
Richard Strauss, Sinfonia Domestica
Violin 1 part:
8 after : tutti not marked. Should be on 2nd quaver
 is printed twice. First time should read . 2nd  is correct.
Stravinsky, L'Histoire du soldat
Bar 19: clarinet. Written C (sounding B-flat) on 4th quaver printed as semi-quaver. Should be quaver.
Bar 77: violin. 3/8 missing.
Bar 125: violin. Crotchet rest and three quavers printed. Should be crotchet rest, then two semi-quavers, then quaver.Petit Concert
Bar 49: percussion. 3/4 printed. Should be 3/8.
Bar 70: clarinet. Rehearsal no. printed at 70, two bars early. Should be at bar 72.
Danse du diable
Bar 23: score. Violin and Double bass designations printed wrong way around.
Beginning: clarinet part in Concert Suite version not marked as in A.Tchaikovsky, Eugene Onegin
Schauer & May edition, 1971: vocal score (S & M 153).No.9 (Letter Scene), p.80, bar 8 vocal line: B-naturals instead of flats.
Tchaikovsky, Swan Lake Suite, op.20a
Eulenberg No.1336: 6 movements:
- Scène [No.10 (or 14) from Act II in the ballet - beginning]
- Valse [No.2 from Act I]
- Danse des cygnes [No.13, Var.IV from Act II]
- Scène [No.13, Var.V from Act II - first 100 bars, Pas d'action with new 7-bar codetta added]
- Czardas: Danse hongroise [No.20 from Act III]
- Scène [No.28, plus the first 26 bars of No.29 (Finale) from Act IV]
Kalmus score and parts:
- Scène [No.10 (or 14) from Act II in the ballet]
- Valse [No.2 from Act I]
- Danse des cygnes [No.13, Var.IV from Act II]
- Scène [No.13, Var.V from Act II - first 100 bars, with new 7-bar codetta added]
- Czardas: Danse hongroise [No.20 from Act III]
- Danse espagnole [No.21 from Act III]
- Danse napolitaine [No.22 from Act III]
- Mazurka [No.23 from Act III]
Tchaikovsky, Symphony No.4, first movement
Violin 1 part, bar 159. Slur missing from final two notes in full score. Should match Violin 2, viola and 'cello.
Basson 2 part, bars 235 and 236. Flat missing from B quaver in part in both bars.
Tchaikovsky, Symphony No.4, 4th movement
Bassoon 2 part: bar 27. All notes misprinted down a down. Should start on B-flat, as per Bassoon 1 and full score.
Bassoon 2 part: bar 198. A-natural misprint: should be A-flat (octave below Bassoon 1).
Tchaikovsky, Symphony No.6, 1st movement
B & H 4959. Bar 308. 5 before S, 2nd crotchet. Oboe 2 part misprint: D-flat should read D# as per full score and Oboe 1 part.
Tchaikovsky, Symphony No.6, 4th movement
Bar 39 [C]: Violin 1 and 2: 'lenezza': B & H score and parts. No such Italian word. Possible mis-spelling of 'lentezza'.
B & H 4959. Bar 75: Clarinet 1 part: articulation misprint. Delete tie over first two quavers. Correct in score.
Tchaikovsky, Violin Concerto
Single trombone part in Breitkopf score is editorial.
Third Movement, bar 467: 'Cello part (Breitkopf und Härtel OB4957): chords misprinted on the beat; should play off-beat (as per other string parts). Correct in scores (B and H 4957 and Gosudarstvennoe Muzykal'noe Izdatel'stvo, Moscow & St. Petersburg, ed. Valentina Rackovskaya, pub.1949).
Thomas, Overture: Mignon
b. 61 (4 after  / 15 after C): Oboe 1 part 3rd semiquaver should be C#, like Flute 1, not B.
b. 176 (4 beore  / 3 after K): Violin 1 part A crochet in part should be C#, 8va above Violin 2.
Vaughan Williams, English Folk Songs Suite (orch. Gordon Jacob)
3rd movement: Viola, 14 before end: arco missing
Wagner, Die Walküre
Violin 1: Act II, 8 after 31: incorrect 3/4 time signature. Should remain 4/4.