Barton Pine's edition of unaccompanied Bach
I've collected most of the editions of unaccompanied Bach, always searching for better solutions to the gnarly passages. Anyway I just got the Rachel Barton Pine edition (had to wait a while, because it was sold out at Shar) and I'm super impressed.
The approach emphasizes clarity and the fingerings seem designed for mortals, not just world-class soloists. The emphasis seems to be on clarity and and it reflects modern approaches to left hand technique.
If you add this to your Galamian and your Szeryng it will give you a third perspective that is very valuable.
For the record, I believe in working from a minimally edited Urtext (Barenreiter) and penciling in fingerings (as few as possible -- only the essential ones).
But it's it's incredibly helpful to consult multiple editions to see how others approach it -- because no one approach works for everybody.
Which reminds me to put in a plug for the Online edition of Henle Urtext -- called the Henle Library -- which will run from a PC or a tablet. Electronic publication allows Henle to package in some cases multiple sets of fingerings which you can choose to display or not.
The Henle unaccompanied Bach features Midori, Christian Tetzlaff and Igor Ozim fingerings and you can quickly toggle back and forth between them.
It's just incredibly interesting to see how they agree and disagree. And I'm sure they would acknowledge that those fingerings and bowings only represent a snapshot in time. Everybody's Bach is a living breathing thing always evolving.
My teacher says having multiple opinions on the same thing, not just Bach, is helpful for every musician. It can help inform your own decisions (should you choose to do something different)
I've seen her edition, but I don't own it (yet). I was impressed as well, though I have to say it looks a lot like my son's Szeryng version after his teacher changed things. My son has the same teacher heritage as Rachel Barton Pine, so I guess that isn't too surprising.
Thomas, do you mean this one? https://www.violinist.com/blog/laurie/20164/18462/
I think that's a reference to a Pine Bach recording. What I'm talking about is the Carl Fischer edition that Pine edited. I'd be surprised if Shar won't ship it to the UK. I buy sheet music from the UK all the time and have it shipped here.
Re ~ Barton-Pine edited fingerings/bowing's in the Carl Fischer Edition of Bach's Unaccompanied Violin Sonatas & Partitas ~
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Tangentially related question: did Heifetz ever say anything about Ysaye, as a performer or teacher?
Spirituality aside, it's my position that if a student is deemed by the teacher to be ready to play Bach,
I agree, Scott. I have a small palm with average fingers. My son has a large palm with long skinny fingers. As a result, we often choose completely different fingerings. He also does different fingerings from his teacher, sometimes on her advice and sometimes by his choice, because he has a totally different body type and hand.
For those in the UK, you can order this direct from
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