It is written that there is a B-sharp accidental on the 3rd chord of the passage. This passage of notes is used multiple times throughout the piece, but always as a minor 3rd from G-sharp to B-natural. My teacher seemed surprised it existed as well, as she had learned it as B-natural in this passage.
The recordings by Kavakos, Hilary Hahn (only on Youtube though, one day we can dream she will make an Ysaye 6 Sonatas recording), Ilya Kaler, Shlomo Mintz (btw, can anyone with Spotify give this a listen? The recording has this really weird rattle, almost like he is wearing jewelry or something), and someone named Tai Murray (who I'm not too familiar with) all play B-natural.
The only one that seems to play it as a B-sharp is my teacher's favorite recording by Shumsky (although of all the recordings I checked, he plays fastest and loosest with the written notes/rhythms).
Does anyone have any insight here as to what it "should" be? Is it a pedagogical thing? I have heard that the publishing of these Sonatas was super inconsistent throughout the ages, and some teachers/pedagogues may have learned on different editions, but maybe I'm just making stuff up. My teacher doesn't seem to have a strong opinion one way or another on which notes I should play here.
On a related note, I'm really starting to hate this piece on the difficulty of the 4th movement alone.Tweet
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