Topic: Weissenborn method - which edition?

Never understood why there are two editions of the Weissenborn Method from the same publisher - Carl Fischer.

There's Ambrosio and Bettoney.

Any one know anything about that?

(There's a third edition in print from Forberg, edited by Schaefer.)

More importantly, any one ever look into the differences between the two?

What do YOU use?

Harry Searing
Bassoon, Contrabassoon, Heckelphone
Faculty: Manhattan School of Music Precollege Division (NY), Montclair State University (NJ) &  CUNY (NY)
President, LRQ Publishing - featuring the bassoon music of Francisco Mignone


Re: Weissenborn method - which edition?

Harry, the bigger edition has unfortunate page turns in the lesson section. It's advantage is that it has additional etude and solo material. What is strange is that no one has yet made an edition incorporating Weissenborn's excellent Opus 8, No. 1 ('for beginners'). Maybe some day? Best wishes to you Harry, Chris Weait

Christopher Weait,
Principal bassoon, Toronto Symphony (1968 - 1985)
IDRS Honorary Member; Emeritus professor Ohio State University

Re: Weissenborn method - which edition?

A quick look through the Bettoney edition shows that it includes the Almanrader Scale Studies, the Milde 25 Scales Studies, and the bassoon part to the Weber Andante and Rondo Ungarese (Bettoney Edition).  If memory serves me right the Ambrosio edition has only the Weissenborn 25 lessons and 50 Advanced Studies.

I have never compared to see if there are differences in either edition on the lessons and Advanced Studies.

Bryan Cavitt
Bassoonist, Elkhart County (IN) Symphony Orchestra; Bassoon Dad