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Bach The Accompaniment in“Unaccompanied” Publications of the early Music institute indiana university Press Bloomington & Indianapolis Bach The Accompaniment in“Unaccompanied” Interpreting the Sonatas and Partitas for Violin Stanley Ritchie This book is a publication of indiana university Press Office of Scholarly Publishing Herman B Wells Library 350 1320 East 10th Street Bloomington, Indiana 47405 usa iupress.indiana.edu© 2016 by Stanley Ritchie All rights reserved frontis: Autograph page of Bach’s “Sei Solo a Violino senza Basso,” Mus. ms. Bach P 967, fol. 1r. Courtesy of Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin— Preußischer Kulturbesitz, Musikabteilung mit Mendelssohn-Archiv. No part of this book may be reproduced or utilized in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying and recording, or by any information storage and retrieval system, without permission in writing from the publisher. The Association of American University Presses’ Resolution on Permissions constitutes the only exception to this prohibition. The paper used in this publication meets the minimum requirements of the American National Standard for Information Sciences—Permanence of Paper for Printed Library Materials, ansi Z39.48–1992. Manufactured in the United States of America Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Names: Ritchie, Stanley, author. Title: The accompaniment in “unaccompanied” Bach : interpreting the Sonatas and Partitas for violin / Stanley Ritchie. Other titles: Publications of the Early Music Institute. Description: Bloomington ; Indianapolis : Indiana University Press, 2016. | ?2016 | Series: Publications of the Early Music Institute | Includes bibliographical references. Identifiers: lccn 2016010954 (print) | lccn 2016013161 (ebook) | isbn 9780253021984 (print : alkaline paper) | isbn 9780253022080 (ebook) Subjects: lcsh: Bach, Johann Sebastian, 1685–1750. Sonaten und Partiten, bWv 1001–1006. violin, | Violin music—Interpretation (Phrasing, dynamics, etc.) Classification: lcc Mt145.b11 r58 2016 (print) | lcc Mt145.b11 (ebook) | ddc 787.2/183092—dc23 LC record available at http://lccn.loc.gov/2016010954 1 2 3 4 5 22 21 20 19 18 17 He played the violin cleanly and penetratingly . . . and understood to perfection the possibilities of all string instruments. This is evidenced by his solos for the violin and for the violoncello without bass. One of the greatest violinists told me once that he had seen nothing more perfect for learning to be a good violinist, and could suggest nothing better to anyone eager to learn, than the said violin solos without bass. Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach in a letter to Nicolaus Forkel in December 1774, trans. Hans T. David and Arthur Mendel. The New Bach Reader, rev. Christoph Wolff. New York: Norton, 1998. ...