Here is a compilation of the answers I received when I asked for advice on
editions of Monteverdi's Vespers. Thanks to all who replied.
These replies show a clear preference for Clifford Bartlett's edition
published by his company King's Music. It certainly seems the best choice
for the conductor but my choir members find the Stevens edition published
by Novello easier to read.
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I'm a big fan of the King's Music edition. It is clear and easy to use and
gives you the options on Chiavetti clefs. Cost about 12. UK Pounds. I think
it is the edition used by Andrew Parrott and the Tavener Consort for their
I definitely would go with Clifford Bartlett's edition, as a starting
point. You may wish to make some further amendments. Good luck.
Joan Catoni Conlon
You should consider the fine work of Clifford Bartlett (little known in
the US but an excellent early music scholar and publisher most popularly
associated with Oxford Book of Carols, Rutter's "European Scared Choral
Music Anthology", Andrew Parrot, Hugh Keyte and other early music
scholars/performers). Clifford publishes out of his home in Huntingdon,
England (outside of Cambridge) and his little company is called Kings
If you don't have the new Cambridge Music Handbook on the Monteverdi
Vespers (author: John Whenham),
I would suggest that it is the best source for up-to-date information about
this work. Among other things, he asserts that there are only two good
editions of the Vespers. One is the 1994 publication edited by Jerome
Roche (Edition Eulenburg No. 8024); the other is edited by Clifford
Bartlett pub. in 1990 (King's Music, Redcroft, Banks End, Wyton,
Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE17 2AA, England).
The edition that we last used (an I think it the the most recent and it is
wonderful edition) is the one edited by Clifford Bartlett.
They have fullscore, conductor's score, chorus score, instrumental parts,
continuo parts, addtional parts, individual voice parts, transpositions,
version without instruments, liturgical companion, text and programmes,
an edition by Paul McCreesh that uses long bar lines and no figuring to the
Hope this helps.
I used the version by Clifford Bartlett and King's Music. Cheap, clear and
(He'll send you an instrumental part in any clef as required!)
I had no choice but to use modern instruments - except for Portative Organ.
I taught them to play in an appropriate style - mainly by imitation.
I think it worked.
The orch parts I used are Moseler Wolfenbuttel