Kreutzer #2, Measure 13
Been following (slavishly) the Galamian fingerings but on measure 13 (same principle for immediately following measures) why isn’t the standard fingering (position 1) 4 on A String then 1 D string THEN SHIFT UP TO NEXT POSITION (now position 2) 1 - 2 - 3 then A string 1234 then D String 1 SHIFT 123 then A string 1234?
Seems to me clearer....
Thanks for the thoughts...
Those of us who do not have the Galamian version can unfortunately not say much about this.
Buri wrote: "Since musicality and technique are the same thing..".
If I wanted to shift, I think I would shift to second position for the C natural after playing the G natural (and before the open A), and then shift back to first position for the B natural after playing the G natural (and before the open A).
I have a slightly different take on Galamian's fingerings - I'm not an expert player at all so I'm probably missing the point altogether, but I always assumed that fingering those runs in groups of 4 as Galamian has them means that you are playing a number of different patterns of tones and semitones. After all, this is an etude and the point of them, I understand, to help develop technique.
Tony, I use the same approach as well.
In my viola edition I have added Kreuzter's own fingerings, and those of Flesch, which suite my stubby fingers better than Galamian's spidery creepings.
Tony brings up an excellent point!
By the way another way to use this passage (it is versatile) is to also practice this in first position, as an exercise in skipping strings, which is a useful technique to have.
By the way, it seems Kreutzer got inspiration from Corelli opus 5 no 6 sonata, the fourth part Allegro contains passages that remind very much of Kreutzer #2!
Thanks for all the food for thought - heartwarming to see such a vibrant community of musicians :-))
Thanks, Buri - I have two of Robert Gerle's books (the art of practising the violin and the art of bowing practise), recommended by my teacher.
For that Kreutzer #2, Ms. 13, I also like the Galamian fingering: