Relative difficulty of the movements of Bach Sonata 1
Violinmasterclass lists the entire Sonata as level 7, are all of the movements level 7 difficulty or just the Fugue and maybe the Adagio?
Fugue is trickiest. As for the others, it depends on whether you have the most trouble with counting (or listening to harmonic rhythm), playing double-stops, or rapid passage work.
I think the fugue is the most difficult (it's a fugue!).
Fugue is the hardest; Adagio is the second hardest. The Adagio is very difficult to count properly. Yes, it has an improvisatory style but one must understand the rhythm before making artistic choices. Drives me crazy to hear students play it who so clearly have no idea how the actual rhythm goes. And then to perform it in the proper style is quite difficult.
I’m mainly interested in the presto, how hard would it be if it was played at an allegro tempo.
The presto is the easiest movement in my opinion. It lies extremely well on the violin.
Probably the Adagio is easiest on a purely technical basis, but as Mary Ellen notes you really have to work out the rhythm and ornamentation -- and once you figure it out, then your musical challenge has only just begun.
Well my teacher asked me to find a piece to work on for my next recital and since I already have a slow piece, Salut D'Amour, she said I need a more lively piece. Although my level is far below general Bach S&P's, I thought the presto didn't sound too out of reach if I played it at a slower tempo. She also gave me Kreutzer 7 to work on this week so I thought the presto would compliment all the string crossing work I'm doing.
Yeah the third movement of one of the hardest of all to play well.
If you're looking at solo Bach, the Gigue from the d minor partita (#2) is much easier than the Presto from the g minor.
In general, I don't think it's a good idea to learn any piece that you can't play at a reasonable performance tempo (i.e., within the range of normal interpretation). Choose something easier.
the gigue is one of my favorites as well, ill ask her about it
The fugue, out of the 3 Bach wrote, probably sits in the middle. The counterpoint is much more trickier, albeit the shortest.
I do not think the OP is at the level of a Bach solo sonata.
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