Bach Partita no.2 in D minor - AllemandeRepertoire: I will be playing the Allemande from Bach's Partita no.2 in D minor for an audition very soon.
From Joseph Mansfield
From Simon Streuffharder to play in tune as one usually thinks...
Posted on June 3, 2012 at 04:12 PM
From Peter CharlesIt shouldn't be too slow, and too romantic!!
Posted on June 3, 2012 at 04:29 PM
It can still be expressive.
From Roy SonneIf we really want to acquire an understanding of the sound and style of Bach's Allemande's we need to broaden our perspective by finding Allemandes in his other works.
Posted on June 3, 2012 at 05:40 PM
Here is the Allemande from the French Suite #1, very similar in style to the D Minor violin Allemande, plaed by Andras Schiff
Both of these performances are somewhat on the fast side, but nevertheless it is a welcome antidote to the unstylistically slow tempo taken by so many violinists.
From Joseph MansfieldSo what tempo do you prefer?
Posted on June 3, 2012 at 06:57 PM
From Nicky PaxtonI'd prefer andante over against adagio.
Posted on June 3, 2012 at 07:26 PM
From Roy SonneI prefer the tempo just a tiny bit slower, but the style on both these recordings is exquisite.
Posted on June 3, 2012 at 08:20 PM
From Stephen BrivatiGreetings,
Posted on June 3, 2012 at 10:44 PM
I prefer the slightly faster tempos on the whole.
The slower interpretation unbalances the whole partita in my opinion. From an interpretive perspective one needs to have an -absolutely- clear idea of how you want to break up the phrases. Even if you are wrong this is better than oust playing through as though it were a big blob. Find the note or chords that you believe is the apex of the pieces, where you want to generate the most passion. Scale everything in relation to this one point.
My favorite opening fingering for safety, musicality and intonation is the slightly unorthodox
4plus open string.
Move up to third position on the first g of the d string.
From Paul DeckBuri, great idea, that first phrase can be hard to get into tune!
Posted on June 4, 2012 at 04:13 AM
If you listen to the professionals, Hilary Hahn's tempo is about the slowest you will find. It seems a bit slow to me. Great recordings of this movement include Milstein, Szigeti, Mintz, and Jansen.
On the other hand many of the sonatas also start with a slow movement (Adagio or Grave) so perhaps a slower movement preceding the Corrente is in keeping with the rest of the set?
When I started playing this piece -- my first unaccompanied Bach -- my teacher warned me, "You will learn a lot about your violin." That was so true.
From Peter Charles"My favorite opening fingering for safety, musicality and intonation is the slightly unorthodox
Posted on June 4, 2012 at 06:42 AM
4plus open string.
Move up to third position on the first g of the d string."
Oh dear Buri, I do that fingering, so I must be unorthodox too, even if like you, only slightly!!
From Stephen BrivatiGreetings,
Posted on June 4, 2012 at 10:02 AM
that fingering was used by Busch (not Kate) so perhaps we are an example of a third in the hand being worth two in the Busch. Or something like that....
From Peter CharlesKate tried her new fingerings on me but I'm afraid I got the giggles ...
Posted on June 4, 2012 at 10:06 AM
The second part of this Allemande Buri, do you start on a 2nd finger 3rd pos with open E and down to a 2 on first F in bar one?
From Joseph MansfieldPaul Deck,
Posted on June 4, 2012 at 03:49 PM
Speaking of Hilary Hahn, I was always told to avoid listening to her Allemande and her Bach in general because she uses so much vibrato. She vibrates on almost every note. How do you feel about the usage of vibrato?
From Tom HolzmanI think the best strategy is to listen to a variety of recordings and see what features speak to you most eloquently. Baroque performance tends not to use vibrato, but that should not be dispositive of how you choose to play the piece. While in some sense a period performance, to the extent we can ascertain how it was done, has some aura of being "correct" or "right" on a theoretical level, that does not mean it is magic or we like it or it rings true to us. So, listen to a bunch and see what you think works best.
Posted on June 4, 2012 at 04:03 PM
From Simon StreuffIts so difficult to find the correct and at the same time individual style for that pieces. In the end it is always that the best technician can make everything credible and convincing. Plus the music of bach, if well played and with some sence for its structure, speaks for itself and doesn't need much "interpretation". When I play bach, i think of the music, the harmonies and melodies. I don't even think of phrasing. It comes naturally when you think in harmonies.
Posted on June 4, 2012 at 05:11 PM
If intonation, bow control/sound and rhythm is good, you don't need much of anything else. Mostly with bach performances its the other way around: You have too much of individual ideas and free interpretation and less sense for correct rhythm and tempo. For exmple the first g-minor movement of the solo sonatas is so seldom played with correct rhythm, that its actually terrifying...
From Stephen BrivatiGreetings,
Posted on June 4, 2012 at 10:19 PM
Peter,yep, I use that figering. it's so much fresher than mucking about with g string at that point.
I have to confess that although Hh playing Bach is not really my cup of team, as opposed to her awesome Mozart, I can't understand why one would avoid her for using vibrato. Isaac Stern uses it almost continuously and I consider him to be one the finest, and most underrated Bach interpreters in history'. there are many great chacon news out there but his is no1 for Mel.
From Peter CharlesI do agree. And Mr Ricci says that a note without vibrato is a dead note.
Posted on June 4, 2012 at 10:27 PM
From John CaddUse a yellow marker for the triplets. Don`t play them like the pairs of quicker note embedded in the other phrases . make sure the piano notes are really piano (away from the bridge ). Paul Tortelier described Bach tiptoing in to check his sleeping baby. Different piece but similar feeling. ( especially the bit in the last 2 lines starting with A on the E string ). Let the last 2 note chord trail away slowly.
Posted on June 4, 2012 at 10:47 PM
From John CaddHilary`s tempo is all over the place. The triplets are dragged. Some random notes are slowed down for no reason .It all gets out of shape like a jelly that`s not set properly .
Posted on June 4, 2012 at 10:58 PM
From Joseph MansfieldI just listened to Viktoria Mullova performing the Allemande; I think I'm in love! That was the best interpretation I've ever heard!
Posted on June 5, 2012 at 12:21 AM
From Paul DeckJohn Cadd, I like much of Hahn's Bach, but I agree that for this Allemande the tempo is not well regulated and generally too slow.
Posted on June 5, 2012 at 04:11 AM
As for vibrato, well, study the greats carefully, then find your own way. Nobody will ever agree on that.
From Peter CharlesThere are many ways of playing this whole Partita and especially the Allemande. There is no "one way," but I personally prefer certain players, and do not like certain performers. I haven't heard HH in this Partita yet, so can't comment.
Posted on June 5, 2012 at 06:19 AM
From Tom HolzmanBuri - who is the "Mel" you refer to in your post?
Posted on June 5, 2012 at 01:17 PM
From John CaddMel B one of the Spice Girl`s ? Mel Torme , going back a bit. Jelly shoes by Mel . E and L are six keys apart on my keyboard. It`s the Japanese alphabet on your laptop .
Posted on June 5, 2012 at 02:15 PM
From John CaddYou can pick out notes where the dancers would turn and pause . It does not have to be treated completely as if people were dancing but if he gave a dance name you would be silly to play it nothing like a dance in any way you could imagine . Was Bach fond of playing Opposites ? "Whatever I write --do it differently ".
Posted on June 5, 2012 at 02:23 PM
From Stephen BrivatiGreetings,
Posted on June 5, 2012 at 10:24 PM
Tomb, I have no ideas.
I have a troupe of trained monkeys who hit typewriter keys at random . Wchen a response is generated I post it on v.commie.
Btw although I love my iPad it has the worlds most cretinous wp ever. It's a complete old of junky. Every word is changed into another word for no reason what so every. Probaly the worst product Mac ever marketers.
That's why your name is now a place where dea embodies are rendered and I am reduced to zero ideas in general instead of a specific instances.
From tijn vellekoopFor really fresh ideas I recommend listening to Glenn Gould playing the Allemande from Partita #4, BWV 828, to be watched on YouTube. No vibrato of course, but nevertheless, what great variety!
Posted on June 6, 2012 at 04:49 PM
From John CaddJames Joyce had one just like that Buri .
Posted on June 6, 2012 at 07:31 PM
From Stephen Brivatii borrowed it's.
Posted on June 6, 2012 at 09:07 PM
From Paul Deck@ tijn vellekoop
Posted on June 8, 2012 at 04:08 AM
Violinists in general can learn a great deal by listening to Gould, especially his Goldberg Variations recordings. These are great studies in the elegance of Bach.
From Peter Charles
Posted on June 9, 2012 at 12:25 PM
From David WhitehurstWhat's the consensus on Gil Shaham. I really like his phrasing. I don't ever hear much about him here. I think he's wonderful to listen to. What do other's think?
Posted on June 10, 2012 at 05:25 AM
From John CaddGil is definitely at the top of my tree . Brilliant to have a nice sister to play the piano with him as well . He has a great tone and intonation so if a body swop could be arranged I would just play this Allemande a lot slower . His fast version reminds too much of a little train puffing galantly up a steep incline .
Posted on June 10, 2012 at 09:05 PM
From Matthew DakoutrosI seem to prefer a slower tempo. I do not like the faster tempo, though it must not be very slow. I would say around 90 - 95 bpm.
Posted on June 11, 2012 at 12:07 PM
I think it's a wonderful piece.
From John CaddIt should be more popular these days because it starts off with a classic Dah Dah in the first 2 notes. A trumpet player would understand that . So it starts off with a statement right away. We all recognise the Dah Dah moment when something turns out right and we like the little showoff arms up and smile of triumph when a thing goes just right . Most sections and phrases in this piece give you a bit of the Aussie turn up at the "last word" so you always think it`s a question (?).
Posted on June 11, 2012 at 10:35 PM
How can we put some words to what this Allemande means. If nobody adds anything that means it has no meaning .
From Stephen Brivatimy WIFE,
Posted on June 12, 2012 at 01:25 AM
is dead and there is no more sex for me.
Is the first line?
Always glad to help.
From Emily HogstadFollowed by
Posted on June 12, 2012 at 02:17 AM
Until I meet and marry Anna Magdalena Ba-a-a-ah-a-a-ach...
From John CaddI always thought musician`s heads were full of images to match the music they played. How very wrong I was .
Posted on June 13, 2012 at 12:25 AM
From Nicole StacyFind out who is on the panel, if you can. I have sometimes been told things to do in solo Bach that seemed very counterintuitive and unfortunately just had to grin and bear it.
Posted on June 13, 2012 at 03:01 AM
From John CaddI saw a question in the archive asking about images for the Khachaturian concerto . It was a long discussion that dragged on about Soviet domination and geography and how great the piece was but not one mention about any mental images . Somebody mentioned peasants along the way . That`s a poor result for this forum . You can invent your own images. It`s a very personal thing but it would tie the music together in a consistent framework. Otherwise it could become a set of disconnected clockwork fiddle tricks .
Posted on June 13, 2012 at 11:35 AM
Here`s a basic example. Brahms Concerto . Think of the composition as expressing unrequited love. Then it all makes sense. You need to imagine a theme idea of some kind to keep it in proportion .
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