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I remember a conversation on smt-talk a few years ago about a particular note in a Chopin Prelude (C minor?) that had appeared in various forms in different editions. It was fun to follow that conversation, since it was a rather crucial note.
While preparing a lesson on chromatic sequences, I found what appears to be a similar case in Chopin's Mazurka Op. 6, no. 1. The first edition (Leipzig, 1833) has this passage:
The note in question is the C#4 in measure 5 in the tenor. It is the only note that breaks the linear chromatic sequence (should be a Cx, I think). Most of the editions I have seen use a C# here, so out of curiosity, I checked some other editions on IMSLP. It turns out that a few much later editions (Leipzig, 1879; Paris, 1943) do alter this note, but with a D-natural rather than the Cx I expected, which makes it look like more of an intentional editorial change rather than correcting a misprint.
Anyone aware of an edition where Chopin corrected the first edition himself? Did Chopin just prefer the sonority with the C# in it, perhaps? Other thoughts?
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