Johann Sebastian Bach
Sonatas und Partitas for Violin Solo
Every violinist learns and studies the six sonatas for violin solo during his studies and normally this incredible genious music stays with us for the rest of our lives. But how to interpret Bachs music is becoming more and more difficult today, as we are more and more aware of what the common reception of baroque music was at this time.
We are today so used to hear some of Bachs music played in a meditative character that it became a "tradition" to play f.ex. the Adagio of BWV 1001, the first piece in this cycle, very calm. But look at these fast notes, these modulations and strong dissonances. Sei Solo - translated into English - Be Solo, could also mean that he used these works to process the loss of his beloved wife Barbara Bach. Imagine hearing this Adagio played by an organ, Bachs favourite instrument. Calm?
Dr. Dagmar Glüxam, Professor at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna published a very much recommendable edition of the Sonatas and Partitas by Johann Sebastian Bach in 2009 with the Wiener Urtext Edition, UT 50255. In this edition she adds as a source to the original manuscript (A) also a manuscript copy by Anna Magdalena Bach (B), a manuscript copy by two copyists from the middle of the 18th century, possibly Bach's pupil Georg Gottfried Wagner (BWV1001-1005) and another copyist from the end of the 18th century (BWV1006) (C), another incomplete manuscript copy from the collection of Johann Peter Kellner (1726) (D). Using these extra sources (of course just if in the A source something is not completely clear) she can add suggestions for bowings in places where it doesn't end up correctly.
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