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Welcome to Lambert Editions

My inspiration...

Lambert Editions grew from a need for performance parts for my "original instruments" baroque ensemble, Apollo's Cabinet. We like to play from original composer's manuscript or "facsimile" editions, if possible. This fresh approach guarantees that you see what the composer originally intended, not what some latter-day editor decided you should play. It is so exciting to read these old parts, many of which have been published "as is" in modern day editions, truly a labor of love, because this is not a "high volume" form of publishing!

The trouble with facsimiles...

Here is a list of problems you may experience when playing from facsimiles:

  • Some of the manuscript is difficult to read.
  • Some exist as parts with no score and some as scores with no parts.
  • The page turns in the score form are difficult to manage for the instrumentalists.
  • When you have just the parts, it's hard to know how everything fits together.
  • Without common rehearsal numbers it's hard to find places to start, which wastes valuable rehearsal time.
  • Many parts are written in old notation and/or old clefs and while many musicians are expert in reading these, I offer the option of playing from modern clefs.
  • As I age I find that I need clear music- correct note spacing, good page turns, good size of notes, good contrast of notes on paper, good quality paper. Lambert Editions promises high quality transcriptions!
    • What about using a modern edition?

      Thank goodness for modern editions and the interest that was shown in bringing them out of back rooms of libraries after WWII, but in those early days there was a different approach to interpreting "early" music (i.e. Baroque) which has changed considerably in the last 50 years. Most harpsichordists can realize their own figured bass and would prefer not having someone else's ideas getting in the way.

      The evolution of computer transcription.

      I started back in the early 90's using Deluxe Music Construction Set, rudimentary at best, but the parts were usable. Unfortunately now I find those attempts embarrassing, but at the time it seemed wonderful to be able to "copy" music like that. Next came Mosaic, which was a good, user friendly program; Mosaic didn't upgrade to the newer MacOS and soon much of my Mosaic transcription on my old G3 may be inaccessable.

      The State of the Art.

      Luckily the state of music programs has improved in quantum leaps. I began using Sibelius 3 years ago, and find it user friendly, for a complex program, and fulfilling my needs. In facsimile transcription I need a program that allows easy entry of figured bass, and Sibelius works well. Sibelius has great support and upgrades often. Sibelius 6.0 is the latest version.

      Lambert Editions: Great editions for great performances!

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