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Ruminations on fiddling in a powdered wig....

Posted by Marc Metzger on Monday, October 11, 2010

  I have been "regressing" lately to my classical roots, listening to Rachael Podger's absolutely flawless recording of Bach's Partitas and Sonatas for Solo Violin (vol 2, Partita No.2 and Sonata No. 2 and 3).  I had found a Galamian reprint of the original manuscripts several years ago in a used book store and picked it up for a bargain $5.  I love to listen and follow along, but the couple times I have made the attempt to play (one of the slower pieces, of course) I am left "noteless".  I would love to be able to play the third movement (Largo) from Sonata  No. 3 - it has the most perfect ending for a piece ever written, in my opinion.  If anyone is brave, you can download the scores on-line for free at a couple different places...

here -,_BWV_1001-1006_(Bach,_Johann_Sebastian)

or here it is mixed in with the rest of Bach's collected works -


3 comments on “Ruminations on fiddling in a powdered wig....”

BC Says:
Monday, October 11, 2010 @3:33:32 PM

I'm definitely not brave, but I do love to listen to Bach, Beethoven, Rachmoninof( sp), etc.

mudbug Says:
Monday, October 11, 2010 @3:44:12 PM

Thankyou for that site, Mark. I'll be looking some stuff up there.

carlb Says:
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @8:01:06 AM

I love them also. However, I don't play them on violin. My clarinet teacher, back in the 50s, got me a used copy saying that there just wasn't enough solo literature for clarinet. I've been playing from them forever on clarinet. This wonderful old edition I have is in a folder since it's very fragile, but I still use it.
J.-S. Bach
Sonates pour Violin Seul
Revues et annotees
Armand Parent
Professeru du Cours Superieur de Violon
a la Schola Cantorum de Paris
Prix net 4 fr
Copyright 1917

My farorite Partita is number 4, especially the Allemand and the Courante though I have played all five movements at one time or other (fast arpeggios substitute for the double stops and chords).

Thanks for the link (only the 2nd one had anything), so now I can stop from completely destroying my old edition but using a freshly printed version.

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