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Raff
Raff in the late 1870s

Edition Nordstern forewords

The publishing house of Edition Nordstern has built up an unrivalled repution for its new critical editions of Raff scores. Each issue is prefaced by a substantial foreword, impeccibly researched and entertainly written by series editor Volker Tosta or by Raff doyens Prof. Matthias Wiegandt and Dr. Avrohom Leichtling. These important contributions to Raff scholarship are reprinted with Edition Nordstern's kind permission. Many are available in both English and German versions and all in PDF and plain-text HTML format.

Clicking the appropriate link will open the essay in a new window in your web browser. If you are unsure about PDF files, see these notes.

Cantata: Die Sterne WoO.53
English: Read Volker Tosta's foreword in PDF format (also HTML)

Symphony No.2 op.140
English: Read Prof. Wiegandt's foreword in PDF format (also HTML).
Deutsch: Lesen Prof. Wiegandts Vorwort im PDF-Format (auch HTML).

Violin Concerto No.1 op.161
English: Read Volker Tosta's foreword in PDF format (also HTML).
This newly rediscovered score is now available in a new critical edition from Edition Nordstern.

Suite for Violin and Orchestra op.180
English: Read Dr. Leichtling's foreword in PDF format (also HTML).
Deutsch: Lesen Dr. Leichtlings Vorwort im PDF-Format (auch HTML).

Elegie for large orchestra WoO.48
English: Read Prof. Wiegandt's foreword in PDF format (also HTML).
Deutsch: Lesen Prof. Wiegandts Vorwort im PDF-Format (auch HTML).

Orchestral Prelude to Shakespeare's "The Tempest" WoO.49
English: Read Dr. Lechling's foreword in PDF format (also HTML).

Fantasie-Sonate op.168
English: Read Prof. Wiegandt's foreword in PDF format (also HTML).
Deutsch: Lesen Prof. Wiegandts Vorwort im PDF-Format (auch HTML).

Piano arrangement of J.S. Bach's Six Cello Suites WoO.30
English: Read Volker Tosta's foreword in PDF format (also HTML).
Deutsch: Lesen Volker Tostas Vorwort im PDF-Format (auch HTML).

Instrumentation of Liszt's sketches for the Prometheus Overture RV 539
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Deutsch: Lesen Volker Tostas Vorwort im PDF-Format (auch HTML).

Edition Nordstern of Stuttgart, Germany are publishers of a modern partial edition of works by Raff. In all 71 publications are planned with the main focus being on chamber music and on works which have been previously unpublished. All volumes are newly edited with the musical text being based upon the original publications or the composer's autographs, if available. Deviations from the original sources are documented and each volume is prefaced with an introduction to the work - in both German and English - generally containing previously unpublished sources and studies.

There are currently 29 Raff scores in their catalogue.

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