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Known around the world for his advocacy of early historical performance and as a skilled violin performer and pedagogue, Stanley Ritchie has developed a technical guide to the interpretation and performance of J. S. Bach's enigmatic sonatas and partitas for solo violin. Unlike typical Baroque compositions, Bach's six solos are uniquely free of accompaniment. To add depth and texture to the pieces, Bach incorporated various techniques to bring out a multitude of voices from four strings and one bow, including arpeggios across strings, multiple stopping, opposing tonal ranges, and deft bowing. Published in 1802, over 80 years after its completion in 1720, Bach's manuscript is without expression marks, leaving the performer to freely interpret the dynamics, fingering, bowings, and articulations. Marshaling a lifetime of experience, Stanley Ritchie provides violinists with deep insights into the interpretation and technicalities at the heart of these challenging pieces.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Half Title, Frontispiece, Title Page, Copyright, Quotation
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Foreword
  2. Mauricio Fuks
  3. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-4
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  1. 1—Principles of Interpretation
  2. pp. 5-9
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  1. 2—Dance Forms
  2. pp. 10-15
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  1. 3—Analytical Methods and Exercises
  2. pp. 16-23
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  1. 4—The Improvisatory Movements
  2. pp. 24-34
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  1. 5—The Fugues
  2. pp. 35-45
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  1. 6—The Ostinato Movements
  2. pp. 46-56
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  1. 7—The Dancelike Movements
  2. pp. 57-76
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  1. 8—The Virtuoso Movements
  2. pp. 77-86
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  1. 9—The Philosophical Movements
  2. pp. 87-93
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  1. 10—The Lyrical Movements
  2. pp. 94-99
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  1. 11—Right-Hand Technique
  2. pp. 100-108
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  1. 12—Left-Hand Technique
  2. pp. 109-115
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  1. Last Words
  2. pp. 116-118
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 119-120
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  1. About the Author
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780253022080
Related ISBN
9780253021984
MARC Record
OCLC
945121337
Pages
136
Launched on MUSE
2016-08-23
Language
English
Open Access
No
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