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Toccata Marziale – Errata list

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The new Boosey and Hawkes edition of Vaughan Williams’ Toccata Marziale is very welcome, but it does contain a large number of wrong notes.

Tim Reynish, from a lecture given at WASBE in Cincinnati, 2009

ERRATA IN BOOSEY AND HAWKES 2005 EDITION OF TOCCATA MARZIALE

Tim Reynish - Monday 6th July 2009. Cincinnati

I am grateful to Dr.Jessica Kun of Wilfrid Laurier University for bringing many of these errata to my attention in her edition completed for her DMA at Arizona State University. I have compared the four scores available, the 1924 and 2005 editions from Boosey and Hawkes, Dr. Kun's score and the original Vaughan Williams. I have tabulated the following errata in the new edition; wrong notes and other major mistakes highlighted. Other errata are articulation and dynamic markings which I think are usually taken from the original Boosey and Hawkes edition of 1924 and are often misleading.

EDITORIAL CHANGES

I have added an editorial anacrusis for the bassoons1 before 8 and 3rd after 20 to make them conform with the basses. In the third bar of Figure 6 there is a discrepancy in the original score between oboe, clarinet and cornet, and I have decided to have an E natural concert pitch for the first beat followed by an Eb for the rest of the bar. Some of the other discrepancies have stemmed from editorial decisions, but there are unfortunately about twenty five mistakes in the new Boosey and Hawkes edition. I have given bar numbers and the figures of the 1924 version.

For the performance by the Royal Northern College of Music Wind Ensemble on July 8th we used an updated version of the edition by Dr. Kun. Bold print is used for major problems.

Bar no.

Figure

Bar

Problem

Bar 4

1

1 before

Staccato omitted in brass upbeat

Bar 8

2

1 before

Bassoons lines omitted

Bar 8

2

1 before

Tenor saxophone last note should be F not A

Bar 11

2

3 after

Crescendo notated 1 beat too early

Bar 17

3

3 after

Side Drum Crescendo omitted

Bar 18

3

4 after

3rd clarinet wrong notes 2nd eighth note should be D natural, 6th should be Bb

Bar 22

5

 

All parts diminuendo should be from 2nd eighth note

Bar 22

5

 

Bassoon 1 should be piano not mf

Bar 25

5

4 after

All parts crescendo should be last beat, not whole bar

Bar 26

6

4 before

2nd Clarinet has no note in this bar - col cornet 2 starts in the next bar in the original score

Bar 32

6

3 after

Oboe 4th semi should be E natural 7th and 9thEb Score has E natural throughout_

Bar 32

6

3 after

Clarinet 2 4th semi should be F#. 7th and 9thF natural (Score has F# throughout)

Bar 32

6

3 after

Trumpet should have F# not natural (Score has F natural)

 

7

1 before

Bass trombone, euphonium and tuba slur from second sixteenth ote

Bars 37/38

7

Bars 3 -4

Basses should be legato 2nd & 3rd and 5th and 6theighth notes

Bar 38

7

4th after

Triangle rhythm should be quarter note eighth note rest quarter note eighth note rest

Bars 39/40

7

Bars 5 & 6

Basses should be legato 4th and 5th and then first 2 eighth notes

Bar 43

8

1 before

Bassoons editorial addition of upbeat Ab

Bar 45

8

2nd bar

Crescendo eighth note early

Bar 48

9

3 before

Timpani and Percussion forte not ff

Bar 50

9

1 before

Diminuendo eighth note too early

Bar 51

9

 

4th Horn should have a D instead of

Bar 51

9

 

Cornets piano first beat

Bar 53

9

3 after

Tutti diminuendo last quarter note

Bar 54

9

4th bar

Tuba first eighth note is G

Bar 64

10

 

2nd bassoon legato ends on 2nd beat of 4th bar

Bar 60

10

1 before

Dimuendo from beat 1

Bar 65

10

5 after

Trombone 1 should be D not C

Bar 67

10

7 after

Trombone 1 tacet for 1 bar

Bar 68

11

1 before

Alto saxophone should be tacet for 1 bar

Bar 69

11

 

Second bassoon starts on 1st beat with a D eighth note

Bar 75

12

 

Clarinet phrasing wrong for 4 bars

Bar 75

12

 

Bass trombone should be B not G

Bar 82

13

3 before

Second bassoon should have B natural not Bb

Bar 84

13

1 before

1st clarinet second eighth note should be G# not Gb

Bar 91

14

 

Trombone second entry should be p not pp

Bar 91

14

 

Tubas should be p not pp though euphonium is pp

Bar 95

15

1 before

Upper woodwind diminuendo should be last quarter note

Bar 103

16

3 before

Cornet 1 should be Bb not G

Bar 103

16

3 before

Side drum add ruff before bar

Bar 111

17

1 before

Oboe an octave too low

Bar 111

17

1 before

Tubas omit 2nd eighth note

Bar 113

17

2nd bar

Trombones crescendo last quarter note

Bar 114

18

2 before

2nd clarinet should play eighth note F# then 2 eighth note rests

Bar 121

19

3 before

Timps should have eighth note on 1st beat followed by 2 eighth note rests

Bar 124

19

 

1st cornet should be E not G

Bar 124

19

 

4th horn should have 2 bars of dotted half note A, as at 6

Bar 123

19

1 before

2nd cornet should have C# not natural according to piano score

Bar 137

20

3rd bar

Bassoons insert Ab anacrusis

Bar 147

21

 

Clarinet should diminuendo on last quarter note

From 155

End

Last 3 bars

Eb clarinet, oboe, both saxes and 1st clarinet phrasing could be changed to fit the original

Bar 155

End

3 before

Side drum should have crescendo

Bar 158

End

 

Cymbals stroke missing