Bach's Works for Solo Violin: Style, Structure, Performance by Joel Lester PDF

By Joel Lester

J. S. Bach's sonatas and partitas for solo violin were principal to the violin repertoire because the mid-eighteenth century. This enticing quantity is the 1st entire exploration of where of those works inside Bach's song: it specializes in their structural and stylistic positive factors as they've been perceived on account that their production. Joel Lester, a very hot pupil, instructor, violinist, and administrator, combines an analytical learn, a whole ancient consultant, and an insightful advent to Bach's kind. person activities are with regards to similar events by way of Bach in different media and are differentiated from superficially comparable works from later eras.

Lester employs descriptions of ancient and modern recordings, in addition to bills of nineteenth-century performances and commentaries on historic versions, to discover those works as they advanced throughout the centuries. at any place attainable, he makes use of analytic instruments culled from eighteenth-century rules, key notions initially built for the categorical goal of describing the repertoire into consideration. starting with an outline of the solo violin music's position inside Bach's oeuvre, this learn takes the Sonata No. 1 in G minor because the paradigm of Bach's compositional process, analyzing each one move intimately ahead of enlarging the dialogue to hide parallel and contrasting positive aspects of the A-minor and C-minor sonatas. subsequent, a bankruptcy is dedicated to the 3 partitas and their roots in a number of dance-music traditions. The e-book concludes with a precis of shape, sort, and rhetoric in Bach's track, during which Lester muses on those masterpieces with an total command of the track, feedback, and heritage of the 1700s that's relatively infrequent between scholars.

A novel and exceptional research of a selected component to Bach's accomplishment and a specific point of his common attraction, Bach's Works for Solo Violin can assist violinists, scholars, students, and different listeners enhance a deeper own involvement with those fabulous pieces.

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