I have a cello student who is wanting to do Grade 8 cello. One of the pieces is a late baroque cello sonata with recent additions in this particular edition made by leonard rose (for those who don't know, he was one of the greatest cellists of the 20th Century, and taught Yo-Yo Ma)
. I am predominantely a baroque cellist and its fair to say I know a thing or two about this sort of music. What is in the edition that the ABRSM have specified is absoulte rubbish, not only 'unauthentic' (whatever you interpret that to mean), but musically jibberish - it often doesn't even make basic harmonic sense! I have great respect for Leonard Rose as a cellist but now very little as an editor....!
What licence do we have as teachers to alter the notes - and I mean not just the odd sharp to a natural, but lots of the notes, the accompaniment included? I really feel that a lot of the writing in the piece is totally pointless and stupid. its clear what is editorial - the bits that don't make sense, even by my student's admission. But, if it is for an exam perhaps I should just accept it and get on with it as I don't want to lessen the student's chances of getting a good mark because she deserves one.
All advice gratefully appreciated....