Trill over an augmented fourth

November 11, 2018, 8:31 PM · Any suggestions for executing the trills in measures 9, 13 and 25 of the Bach D minor Sarabande? (Szeryng and RBP editions. Some editions write out the first repeat.)

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November 11, 2018, 10:13 PM · I was taught to release the lower note to execute the trill. In the Herrmann edition in M13 he even shows a 16th note for the C. Thus the lower note only sounds for a short time.
November 12, 2018, 1:56 PM · I use 1&2 for the augmented 4th, and 3 for the trill.
But admittedly I have thin fingers!
Edited: November 12, 2018, 8:50 PM · I have tried 2&3 with the pinky for the trill, but it doesn't work well. So I shorten the f# and make a long appogiatura.

The same situation occurs BTW in Telemann's Fantasias (number 2, G-Major, Largo, M7). There the trill is short and the pinky works just fine (the problem there is to play a triplet on the A string while playing a doublet on the D!).

November 12, 2018, 10:19 PM · Have the P5 sound, then just release the lower note. No reason to twist yourself into a pretzel to do it.
One could argue that the 5th is more important than the 4+: the chords are really just suspensions.
For that reason I prefer to linger on the upper note before stepping down to the 4th.
Edited: November 18, 2018, 5:59 PM · Thank you all. I am listening on Youtube to Podger andPine andthey seem to play the augmented fourth and move to a trill over the upper note.


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