Violinists tend to agree that J.S. Bach's Six Sonatas and Partitas for Solo violin hold a special place in the literature.
If sent to a desert island (or quarantined in a hotel room) with just my fiddle and one book of music, I'd probably insist on bringing along my Bach S&P's. But which edition would I bring?
I have been thinking about the various editions of the Bach S&P's since reading a V.com discussion thread this week that asked for advice on which edition to purchase. Quite a few editions have popped up in the 300 years since Bach wrote these pieces - and here we sit in the 21st century, with most of them at our fingertips.
Over the years, I've acquired four editions: Szeryng, Galamian, Joachim/Moser and Barenreiter. When it comes to my desert-island dilemma, I might want the Szerying for the fingerings, the Galamian for the manuscript in the back, the Joachim/Moser for the double-line read-along; the Barenreiter for the clean-copy urtext. Then again, I might just purchase Rachel Barton Pine's edition and take that, along with my Baroque bow!
For this weekend vote, I'm asking you to decide which edition you would bring, and I'm not giving you the option to take a giant iPad, loaded with every edition under the sun (but what a great idea, eh?) You only get to pick one!
Which edition is the one you currently prefer, and for what reason? Do you have others? And what do you like or dislike about them? If you simply have one edition, then vote for the edition that you have!
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