Bach Partita for an intermediate player?
Dear all, I sincerely enjoy your forum.
Stuck at home like most of us I take my time to practice.
I'm just an intermediate player.
I really enjoy the music of Bach which seems to me so rich of overtones (which motivates me to work on my intonation ;-))
Right now I'm working on the Cello suites (transposed for violin), and there's my first question : which edition do you prefer? I've got one from Schott's which seems to be ok but has some astonishing shifts i it.
The other question is: I'd love to start on the Sonatas and Partita, is there one that could be figured out as the least difficult?
Sure, this is stuff for professionals, but nevertheless I'd love to play a bit or two...
Sorry if it's a presumptous question.
Stay sound and safe AND AT HOME!
Most start on the 2nd Partita (D-minor), although I could see some parts of the 3rd Partita (e-major).
allemande from d minor is the one most people do. Do sarabande from d minor if you feel spicy.
RCM Grade 8:
Thanks to all for your help and sorry for not finding the other post.
I did the Partita No.2 Gigue, then the Partita No.3 Gavotte, and am currently working on the Sonata No.2 Fuge and Andante. I think any of the non-polyphonic movements would be perfectly accessible for an intermediate player.
The best edition of the cello suites for violin is the one by Valerie Arsenault. It's fantastic. Very sparsely fingered and bowed, in keeping with historical accuracy, and beautifully notated, printed on good paper, and spiral bound so it lies flat on your stand. One of the best purchases I've ever made.
Dear Paul, thanks for the advice, especially regarding the Cello Suites. Unfortunately they don't seem to be on sale in Germany, I'll see if they ship worldwide or if I have to ask relatives or friends...
If you have a good teacher then my advice is to buy editions that just have the fewest markings, because your teacher will help you choose fingerings and bowings that are suited to your playing and musically appropriate. However, if you're mostly on your own then the advice (editing) of a qualified master comes in handy. For the Bach solo S&P, I use the Herrmann edition published by Schirmer and it's fine. My teacher changes the bowings a lot. Once in a while there is a fingering that makes no sense to amateur hands. Everyone swears by something different.