From Chris Dolan
Posted August 30, 2007 at 03:17 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
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?
I think that all keyboard works for 3 single note voices (JSBach- 3 part inventions, organ trio sonatas...)
and the flute or violin sonatas where the keyboard plays the 2 lower voices,
sound better with a different instrument on each voice.
The parts stand out clearly and the piece becomes
an ensemble chamber work.
(Did you ever hear Bachs 3 part inv. #11 sung by the Swingle Singers in the 60s. That really opened my ears to beauty of those pieces.)
In this day of midi files and notation programs, it becomes pretty easy to arrange multi-voice piano pieces into parts for each voice.
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. :)
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?
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