Trill sign and two dots in Bach Partita Schneiderhan annotation
In the Bach Partita #2 for solo violin in measure 44 of the Courante in the Henle edition there are two dots staggered above the trill sign. What do those two dots mean?
I have a photocopy of the Sonatas and Partitas that purports to be of the original manuscript and it shows nothing like that for that double-stop trill - nor do any of my 4 printed editions. I would ignore it. Of course you could treat it as license to break the tempo there, but I think it starts on the D and ends with B-C#.
You could e-mail Henle. I did it once in a different context and got a very nice answer.
If Bach had any sense of humor he would have left a few stray ink blobs in his manuscripts. Violinists would be agonizing over their meaning for centuries.
When I try to go your link I get a http 401 error-- check the permissions for the file (and/or its enclosing folder).
I should have mentioned that the notation is peculiar to the Wokfgang Schneiderhan fingerings in the Henle Urtext edition, and not it the
I've never seen that as a notation, and unless it's written in the key of your addition (which I doubt), it's probably just an accidental blob.
Maybe the dots represent the number of times the editor wants you to play the upper note of the trill.
Ahh thank you Tom, but I am also embarrassed. Anyway, this also matches Julie's suggestion. Starting from the top does make intonation easier, but I need to retrain my fingers...