When Benny published his Brass Urtext critical edition of the two volumes of Koppprasch Etudes, adopted for tenor trombone in now out of print, but soon to be available from Warwick Music , I was surprised to learn of the Opus 5 Etudes which were previously unknown to me. Originally for high horn Cor Alto - premier horn , they are very different than the better known Opus 6 Etudes which were written for low horn Cor Basse - second cor. Originally published in two volumes, each with 30 etudes, the 60 Etudes, Opus 5 were an important addition to my trombone music library. I contacted Benny to ask him if he would be willing to prepare another edition of the Kopprasch Etudes, Opus 5 for bass trombone. Not only did he agree, but he has offered to offer them at no cost to players who would like to use these fine Etudes.
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Back in my article on the history of the Kopprasch etudes was published in The Horn Call, and a version of it has been online since then in Horn Articles Online in the section on the early valved horn , split into two parts. In short, these etudes were first published in or 33 in versions for high and low horn , and the version we most commonly use today is a heavily edited version of the low horn etudes from , which is itself a reworking of an edition from the s.
A very long post is possible to talk out the whole big topic of copyright and laws in different countries I give it a brief try in this post but this edition is certainly in the public domain everywhere. You would not want to take this version into a lesson with your teacher but this an interesting edition to look over, it shows if nothing else just how heavily edited the modern version is, as the above musical example shows. The page with the Kopprasch downloads is here.
The Op. I first saw these reprinted in the D. I wrote the foreword for this publication as well. No, I did not get the copy from him, I purchased my copy of that dissertation from what was then known as University Microfilms. Later I obtained a very clean copy of volume 1 of the original Op. Again, this is not a version to take into your lesson if your teacher told you to go buy a Kopprasch book but it is for sure an interesting one to look at.
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