Solo Bach

August 13, 2004 at 08:37 PM · How would you order the 6 solo sonatas and partitas in terms of difficulty from the easiest to the hardest??

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August 13, 2004 at 10:10 PM · The Royal Conservatory of Music Violin Syllabus (1999 edition) lists the solo Bach pieces by grade, as follows:

Grade 8: Partita number 2 in d minor--Giga

Partita number 3 in E major--bouree or Minuets I and II or Gigue

Grade 9: Partita number 1 in b minor--courante

Partita number 2 in d minor--Allemande or Corrente or Sarabanda

Partita number 3 in E major--Gavotte and Rondeau

Sonata number 1 in g minor--adagio

Sonata number 3 in C major--Allegro assai

Grade 10:

Partita number 1 in b minor--Allemande and Double or Sarabande and Double or Tempo di bourree and Double

Partita number 3 in E major--Preludio or Loure

Sonata number 1 in g minor--Siciliana or Presto

Sonata number 2 in a minor--Andante or Allegro

Sonata number 3 in C major--Adagio or Largo

Performer's ARCT:

Partita number 2 in d minor--Chaconne

Sonata number 1 in g minor--Fugue

Sonata number 2 in a minor--Fugue

Sonata number 3 in C major--Fugue

Hope that helps. It seems about right to me.

August 15, 2004 at 09:32 AM · hi nick

as a beginning violinist i'm very interested to find out some bach pieces for lower grades than you did indicate.

would you know any way to find this on internet or would i have to buy the syllabus as mentioned by you?

kind regards, bluebert

August 15, 2004 at 02:18 PM · www.rcmexaminations.org or http://www.thesoundpost.com/ Are both places you should be able to order the syllabus from. :)

August 16, 2004 at 02:19 AM · Bluebert,

The syllabus is handy as a reference, but since you asked, I'll post the Bach pieces from the lower grades:

Grade 1:

Minuet 1 (in Suzuki Bk 1)

Grade 2:

Minuet 2 and 3 (in Suzuki Bk 1)

Grade 3:

Minuet (in Suzuki Bk 3)

Grade 4:

Gavotte en rondeau (arr. from orchestra suite in B minor, BWV 1067

Gavotte in G minor (in Suzuki Bk 3)

Giguetta (in Ten Little Classics)

Grade 5:

Bourree (in Suzuki Bk 3)

Sarabande (in Ten Little Classics)

Grade 6: No Bach

Grade 7:

Arioso (from Cantata No. 156)

By the way, keep in mind that the syllabus is just a list of pieces from which a student selects something to perform to pass an exam.

When I was beginning on violin, I had two Bach collections: the Ten Little Classics book (which is all Bach) and The Student Violinist: Bach. I remember enjoying them both very much.

August 16, 2004 at 07:18 AM · nick,

thanks very much for your help! glad to have a structured approach,

bluebert

August 16, 2004 at 11:27 AM · Hi,
there's also a transcription for violin of the 6 cello suites, available from Hofmeister. Especially the Bourree of the 3rd suite is quite manageable even for a beginner. To me, they provide a lot of substance - they're "full-blown" Bach but at a reduced technical price, since distances on the violin are a lot shorter than on the cello. What I enjoy most is to play them on my viola.

There's also several Bach duos (transcriptions from his Music Book for Anna Magdalena Bach) available from Schott and/or Heinrichshofen.
Bye, Juergen

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