Kreutzer sonata - fingerings for opening
So what fingerings do people use for the first bar of the Kreutzer sonata? Is a shift or extension better for the third crotchet?
Personally I would recommend neither - try shifting on the second beat to F# 1 D 2,(the F# being a backwards extension), then the third beat can be 2 4 in second position. Backwards extensions of 1 can be very useful and easier than extending 4 up.
using the second finger D so that the D can connect the second and third beat is how it is probably (I think) taught all around the world. however that Milstein trick is wonderful (if you are Milstein :-) John you write there are many more solutions, what would be another one? I am just an amateur and will never really play this piece.
Jean, I'm afraid you called me out. Yes, there are other solutions, but not good ones :)
"So What" is a tune by Miles Davis.
I haven’t performed Kreutzer, so this is guesswork. But I do like the notion of playing the semitone with the second finger in the first two chords. It is the first hint of the motif that runs through the whole movement. Then holding the D with second for the third chord, in second position. A teacher in college had learned it that way with Igor Oistrakh and was a convincing advocate.