Though Bach isn't my favorite composer, I love many of his works. I've played both violin concerti and dilligently study the fugues from the Well Tempered Clavier. The B Minor Mass is also one of my favorite religious musical works.
Yet when it comes to Bach's Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin, I feel lost. The counterpoint is skeleton-like (there's only so much you can do on a single violin) and I feel the music as being uncomfortably restrained. Crucify me if you wish, but I find some of the movements to be downright boring.
It's not an issue with solo violin music. I love Ysaye's solo violin sonatas. While I'm also not a fan of Paganini's Caprices, they're not (musically speaking) held in the extremely high regard that the S&P are - a high regard I fail to understand.
What are your feelings on this? How do you approach these works? What do you find of special in them? Being such a core part of a violinist's training, I feel it is pratically my duty to seek this knowledge and perhaps this admiration which everyone else seems to have. I recently performed the last two movements of the 2nd solo sonata at a competition, and while my teacher was pleased with my musical thinking in Tartini's Devil's Trill sonata, Kreisler's Prelude and Allegro and Lalo's Symphonie Espagnole, he had to guide me every step of the way in the Bach, as if I were blind.
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