Prelude from Bach's Cello Suite No. 1 in G major, BWV 1007Repertoire: Violin transcription of the Prelude from Bach's Cello Suite No. 1 in G major, BWV 1007
From Chris Dolan
From Thomas GardnerIf you go to virtualsheetmusic.com you can purchase rather inexpensively a transcription of all the Bach cello suites for violin and download it immediately to your computer. You can join as a yearly member to the site with unlimited downloads or you can just download a piece at a time (more expensive by far if you use the site alot)
Posted on August 30, 2007 at 04:02 AM
From Neil CameronThe suites are available at http://icking-music-archive.org./ByComposer/J.S.Bach.php including a transcription for violin - just scroll down the page a whiles until you get to 'em.
Posted on August 30, 2007 at 10:42 AM
Here's the link direct to the PDF file of the violin transcription of all the suites: http://icking-music-archive.org./scores/bach/cello_suites/vl100712.pdf. While this is the link to just the first suite BWV 1007 for cello or viola or violin: http://icking-music-archive.org./scores/bach/cello_suites/bwv1007.pdf
From Tom HolzmanThe Icking archive is the place to go, and it is free. Whatever you do do not buy the Riccordi edition because it is very heavily edited. Enjoy!
Posted on August 30, 2007 at 01:13 PM
From Anne HorvathI agree with avoiding the Recordi edition. Tom is right! Print out the free Icking edition!
Posted on August 30, 2007 at 01:46 PM
From Chris DolanThank you very, very much!
Posted on August 30, 2007 at 02:05 PM
From Kevin CheungI think the Cello suites sound better on the viola than on the violin. In fact, I like them more on the viola than on the cello! Just my personal opinion.
Posted on August 30, 2007 at 03:34 PM
From Russ McKennaThanks Tom, I could have done with your advice before I bought it a while ago! Surprisingly this (i.e. Ricordi) was the only (and apparently best!?) complete transcription I could find online (i.e. to have shipped, not electronic).
Posted on August 31, 2007 at 09:32 PM
As for the free Icking ones, well they are good for a start, but they don't seem to have any bowings or suggested dynamics. Whereas the Ricordi version represents the extreme in terms or editions, these seem to be the opposite.
Incidentally, Kevin, I think this piece is "best" on the cello, followed by the viola, and then violin. I only play the latter though! IMHO this raises an interesting point about playing "arrangements", which has no doubt been covered in other threads. That is, are there cases where the (re-)arrangement surpasses the original?
From Kevin CheungSome of the transcriptions by Kreisler, I think, are more popular than the original.
Posted on August 31, 2007 at 11:32 PM
From steve newman" this raises an interesting point about playing "arrangements", which has no doubt been covered in other threads. That is, are there cases where the (re-)arrangement surpasses the original?"
Posted on September 3, 2007 at 04:05 PM
I think that all keyboard works for 3 single note voices (JSBach- 3 part inventions, organ trio sonatas...)
From Jennifer DeLaneyThe suites are great. I think they're great to use in teaching as an enterance into Bach solo repertiore. My teacher took me through them before starting me on the sonatas.
Posted on September 3, 2007 at 09:22 PM
I still play through some of them almost every day. They are just simple, perfect pieces that sound beautiful on the violin (or viola, or cello!). For me, they never get old. :)
From Karen AllendoerferI've been learning this piece, actually the entire Suite #1, on the viola, and I agree with Kevin, I like it best on the viola . . . although I'm biased since I don't play cello.
Posted on September 4, 2007 at 11:43 AM
However, I recently tried the prelude and some of the other movements on the violin, and I think that some work better than others. For example, the Courante (3rd movement of the 1st suite), sounds really lively and sprightly on the violin. I was pleasantly surprised and would recommend it especially, more so than the Allemande, for example.
And I wouldn't recommend playing the prelude to suite #2 on the violin. It's too dark and brooding and loses some of that.
I play the arrangement for viola (Schirmer edition) on the violin as if it were a viola, which would make the pieces an octave and a fifth up from the cello originals, I assume. Is that how they are standardly arranged for the violin?
Follow Violinist.com's coverage of ASTA 2015 from Salt Lake City!
Please consider supporting Violinist.com by becoming a sponsor, and reaching our dedicated community of violin professionals, students and fans!