Bowing stroke for the second violin in the Razumovsky No. 1
In the first eleven measures of Beethoven's Op. 59, No. 1, string quartet, the second violin plays detached eighth notes (C on the G string). How would one characterize (or label) the bowing stroke or technique for this section? (I recognize that one might arguably tackle this section in more than one way.)
More to the point, my question concerns how to play the section.
The manuscript doesn't say much, although you will be paired with the viola for the opening. Whatever you do, make sure you two are in agreement.
Exactly how you'd play a similar Mozart accompaniment, e.g. the C major string quintet. Some things just aren't worth agonizing over!
Traditionally that opening in the 2nd violin part has been played off the string with a ‘brushy’ spiccato. It’s definitely not detache. Try the stroke slightly below the middle by approximately 2”.
Steve wrote, "Some things just aren't worth agonizing over!"
What Nate said.
Nate is correct. My quartet recently performed this work, and I (viola) and the 2nd violinist coordinated our strokes to match. We ended up doing a spiccato that wasn't too "spiky" but was definitely off the string, in the middle of the bow. BTW absolutely GREAT piece of music!
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