Salieri La Folia variations fingerings
My community orchestra will be performing the Salieri 26 Variations on "La Folia di Spagna" IMSLP link
, and I'll be the concertmaster (my first solos as concertmaster).
The various solos all seem to make sense to me fingering wise, however I'm struggling to work out something for Variation 19 (bar 305).
Just wondering if anyone has any tips and/or previous fingerings they have used to help me out?
That's a nice opportunity Ben! For that passage (which I just looked at now) I don't see any regularities, like you typically have in such passages. So I'd just finger them ad-hoc, just what is easiest for you, without much concern on which string which note should be played in this case. You'll have to do quite some string skipping, which is a useful technique anyway. You can probably also take a bit of liberty in the tempo, slow down here and there? The main challenge will be actually in the bowing because it seems to be different (up-bow or down-bow on different strings, different strings to skip, etc) in almost each of the groups. So no automatic pilot to go on... (Edit: I see you are a professional violinist, so please ignore my amateuristic advice however well-intentioned it was, anyway I'm sure you'll pull it off!)
Amateur here too, so take it with a grain of salt. I would consider a tempo below 1/4 = 80 (I don't think this figure is by Salieri). The second half of the passage contains grace notes (insets of three per 1/16). If those grace notes are to be understood I think one needs to play more slowly. The second thing I'd try to do ifI I had to learn the part: I would make maximum use of open strings to facilitate shifts/string crossings (luckily the key allows for all four strings to be open).
1. Set your hand frame for each beat such that you don't need to move to a new tetrachord much more than once every four notes.
I agree with Albrecht that the tempo in the score is not by Salieri (1750-1825), basically because The Variations were composed in 1815 and published in 1816, and the mechanical metronome we know and love today (!) was patented by Johann Mälzel in 1815. It is inherently unlikely to my mind that Salieri in 1815/16 would have come across Mälzel's invention in those couple of years.