Ysaye sonata no.1

July 6, 2006 at 05:04 AM · hello all, just starting the Ysaye sonata no.1 "allegretto poco scherzoso" for an audition.

i was just wondering since it was written for Szigeti, of there were particular style things to do or to avoid.


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July 6, 2006 at 02:23 PM · Marianne:

The first step here is to make sure you have all the corrections to the first edition (Schirmer). Are you playing from the Henle? If not, I strongly recommend making the investment in that edition. There are still errors in the Henle, but most issues have been resolved from the first edition.

As for the movement (3rd) from Sonata No. 1 you mentioned you were studying, one thing to keep in mind is that the first section is repeated note-for-note later in the movement. (The form is A-B-A with a coda.) What is worth mentioning here is that in Ysaye's autograph manuscript, he marks a "D.C." after the "B" section (i.e., he does NOT write out the "A" section again--though it IS written out in the subsequent editions that exist). What is significant about this is that there are a few curious markings in the 2nd "A" section that make it different (a mordent here, etc.). You as the player must make a decision as to how you want to play these passages and whether or not to play them the SAME both times (as Ysaye likely intended).

There does not seem to be any intended performance practice related to Szigeti's playing, so one need not worry about this during preparation. It would be more appropriate to treat this sonata like a Bach sonata in it's execution.



July 6, 2006 at 07:21 PM · Marianne--

Forgive me but I can't help myself, try practicing in a phone booth.'running and ducking'

July 7, 2006 at 08:29 AM · huh!!???

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