Some additional observations: The included CD contains both recorded and printed piano accompaniments. The audio tracks are MP3 recordings of live piano performances. The remaining tracks are PDF files of the piano parts that you can print out and have performed by your own pianist. This edition features new engraving (musical typesetting). As a result, the music is easier to read—gone are the chunky note heads, blurry flags and drop-out of the 1928 edition.
The lengthy material contained in volume 2 presents sometimes insurmountable page turn issues, so some do remain. That being said, Raph has managed to work in a few improvements, notably numbers 66, 77, 80, 81, 83, 88 and 89. I've also noticed a few places where Raph seemingly abbreviated an etude by a few bars, such as numbers 68 (drops the last three bars) and 74 (loses 8 bars at the end with a slight rewrite to resolve on A).
The original Forward has been deleted. I'm not sure why. Some of these century-old blurbs are amusing to say the least, but this one is still, in my mind, quite relavent. Rochut really hits the mark with his comments, as many are contemporary in their instruction. I think it is a loss for them to have been omitted. Therefore, I've reprinted the old Forward below for your enjoyment.
Like the rewrite of volume one, this one is, by and large, a more useful edition than the old. 68 pages with a lay-flat stitched binding. -cdp
FORWARD from the 1928 Edition
These etudes trasncribed from the Vocalises of Bordogni have been specially prepared for use by trombonists, to perfect their technique generally and in particular to develop style in the interpretation of melody in all its varied forms and expression.
To this end the keys have been carefully selected and the phrasing adapted to fit the character of the trombone to best advantage. The work may be said to provide specifically for the following: