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Sonatas and Partitas for Violin Solo BWV 1001-1006

Edition by Max Rostal, Urtext

By Johann Sebastian Bach

Edition by Max Rostal, Urtext. Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750). Edited by Rostal. This edition: Urtext. Violin (Solo). Edition Peters. Book. Edition Peters #98-EP9852. Published by Edition Peters (PE.EP9852).

Item Number: PE.EP9852

ISBN 9790014078911. English.

Bach's Sei Solo a Violino senza Basso accompagnato, the set of three Sonatas and three Partitas for unaccompanied violin, were completed by 1720. Perhaps seeded as early as 1703, they were ultimately fruits of his years employed as Kapellmeister at the court in Kothen where his employer Prince Leopold of Anhalt-Kothen, a Calvinist with little requirement for liturgical music and also a keen musician, encouraged Bach to write much instrumental music for public and private entertainment. Nothing written before approached the complexity, expressive range and scale of this music, from the volleys of chords and rhythmic intricacy of the B minor Partita's opening Allemanda>/i> and the endlessly inventive elaboration of the same work's variant 'doubles' to the vastness of the D minor Partita's concluding Ciaccona, possibly the longest stand-alone movement written to that point, which contains worlds of contrast in its 64 variants of the opening bars. Reportedly a fine violinist himself, Bach completely redefined virtuosic and expressive violinistic possibility in these works. This Urtext edition by Max Rostal from Edition Peters is a cornerstone of any violinist's library.

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  • February 16, 2010 Fine Edition

    For serious students and professional violinists, this edition is worth the investment. Perhaps, one might venture to purchase several editions of the Sonatas and Partitas, and do some comparative study of various fingerings, but be mindful of Mr. Bach's intentions for bowings and phrasing.

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