Beethoven String Quartet No. 4 Fingerings
I am playing the first violin part in Beethoven's String Quartet No. 4 in C minor, Op. 18. In the first movement, I am having difficulties finding a successful fingering in the following sections:
If anyone has played first violin in this quartet I would genuinely appreciate it if you could provide fingering for either of these sections, it would be a huge help, thanks!
What edition? I'm not finding any helpful letters in the parts or scores on IMSLP.
I also have give these section in terms of letters, since I also have these in my edition in case you do not have an edition with measure numbers. The sections in terms of letter numbers are:
The last edition listed on the IMSLP on the page for the individual quartet (as opposed to the one for opus 18 as a whole) is a typeset by a volunteer. It has measure numbers. Looking at the two passages I have to say I see some difficulties. I could not come up with good suggestions.
I'd play that section from 167 in 5th position, maybe. You don't have the melody–the 2nd violin does–so it doesn't need to be piercingly loud or anything. And then the G octave in M 171 in sixth position (1-4, or honestly possibly 3rd finger on the high G because I'm lazy about 4th finger vibrato).
Doing the same thing twice in a row is something I wish I could do more reliably! (I'm famously noncommittal about fingerings. Which is why I was pacing around 10 minutes before a concert recently trying to commit a new fingering to memory. Did I play it that way in the end? probably not, honestly.)
just like Milstein.not bad company.
In the first bit, I'd do the first trill in 1st position, and then shift up to 4th position on the B natural. For the second trill, it is simple to move up to 5th position on the A string. So play that one 2-3. Then shift up again to play the G octave 1-4. Or just reach for the 4 after playing the lower G with a 2.
That has been one of my favorite quartets for violin, I played it lots, but only once in the past 40 years. I had the Schirmer edition and followed the printed fingerings.
Thank you both, this is very helpful!!