Easiest 4th movt among the 3 Bach sonatas??
I was just wondering if I would like to learn a 4th movement from one of the 3 bach solo sonatas, which would be the easiest technically and musically?
Probably G minor, followed very closely by A minor. C major 4th mvt is by far the most difficult.
Let's see. That'd be the G minor Presto, the A minor Allegro, or the C major Allegro Assai.
Agree with the previous posters, although I am not really sure how much more difficult the C major one is. I have not played it in a while. However, all three are a lot less difficult than some of the other sonata movements.
The c major allegro would be the easiest in my opinion.
None of these should ever be associated with the word "easiest." I think I would vote the A minor as the least daunting, but it takes a really terrific violinist to master it.
Thanks everybody for your responses!
The A minor Allegro is absolutely the most accessible of the 3 movements you're asking about...hence, it continues to be popular as a go-to encore following concerti performances.
I'm not Thomas but I assume he is making a distinction between learning a piece and mastering it.
Joel, re the A minor, I mean maybe it may seem easier than the C major allegro assai but as you get into it, it's no bargain. Bach always throws in something awkward and taxing. For the A minor it's those fast 8th/16ths which (at least for me) are a very difficult right-hand left-hand coordination challenge. For the G minor presto it's a lot of notes that do not lie well combined with awkward string crossings.
I would disagree... The C major 4th mvt has a lot of nasty 5ths and other annoyingly difficult passages. I would say that unlike the G minor and A minor, unless you are near soloist level, it's impossible to play the C major perfectly in tune. Of course the A minor is difficult for bow strokes, but I think that difficulty can be solved using a brute force metronome+rhythms practice regime, whereas the C major requires excellent 5ths playing (especially at the end), an intricate skill which I believe more than 95% of violinists will never attain in their lifetimes.
Thanks once again for the help and advice.
It's very important when you are learning a piece at a slow tempo to use only the amount of bow and the part of the bow that you will eventually be using when playing in tempo.
Oh I see, thanks Mary!
I would recommend getting a copy of Bach's manuscript (available on imslp.org:
Thanks a lot Guglielmus!
Thomas - what 8ths are in the A minor allegro? Confused by this comment...
The g minor has a lot of string crossings so it's a bit more right hand than usual. Many players I came across have even-ness issues with the notes because their string crossing game is not there. A minor would probably be the easiest to begin with.
Andrew I think he meant 16th and 32nd notes
By the way, I was speaking generally about slurring in the Bach S&P's-- not about the slurring for the a minor Allegro in particular.
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