Bach's E Major Preludio has 1,635 notes, and I have a question about one. In measure 128, sometimes the eighth note of that measure is played G#, and sometimes it is played A.
The Galamian International edition has an A, with an asterisk stating "In most editions: G#".
The back of the Galamian edition has a reproduction of the manuscript, and that shows A.
The 1958 Barenreiter edition has an A.
The revised 2001 Barenreiter edition has an A.
I reviewed my recordings, and came up with a list. Here they are by the earliest date recorded:
Sarasate, 1903, G#
Szigeti, 1908, G#
Thibaud, 1936, G#
Enescu, 1949, A
Heifetz, 1952, A
Grumiaux, 1961, G#
Szeryng, 1968, A
Milstein, 1975, G#
Hahn 1996/7, A
Gringolts, 2003, A
Kremer, 2005, A
Tetzlaff, 2005, A
So, which note do you play? G# or A? Does it matter?
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