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Bach's Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin Arranged for Mandolin

By Mandolin Cafe
June 30, 2014 - 2:00 pm

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From Mel Bay - Bach's Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin Arranged for Mandolin by Andrew Driscoll

From Mel Bay - Bach's Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin Arranged for Mandolin by Andrew Driscoll

Pacific, Mo. — Mel Bay Publications, Inc. has announced the availability of Bach's Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin Arranged for Mandolin by Andrew Driscoll.

The book contains the first three of J.S. Bach's solo violin Sonatas and Partitas in standard notation, with tablature for non-music reading mandolinists.

Even if never performed, learning all or some of these is a wonderful experience for building mandolin technique. Violinists often say that if you can play the solo Sonatas and Partitas you can play anything, and the same is certainly true for mandolinists.

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Pdewalt
July 13, 2014 10:16 PM
I'm not clear why it was necessary to arrange these for mandolin. The instruments are tuned identically and most musicians with sufficient technique to tackle these compositions ought to be able to figure out where to place tremolos appropriately and make other minor technical adjustments. I've played several of them from the original violin score and not encountered any areas where the slight modifications weren't clear.

Just curious.
Marc Ferry
July 14, 2014 07:32 AM
I have also played one of these beautiful pieces from the violin part, and while this works pretty well, I got this book and really like it.
JeffD
July 14, 2014 10:21 AM
Quote from Marc Ferry: I have also played one of these beautiful pieces from the violin part, and while this works pretty well, I got this book and really like it. End Quote

What does it give you that the violin part wouldn't?
clobflute
July 14, 2014 10:41 AM
Quote from JeffD: What does it give you that the violin part wouldn't? End Quote

The title on the spine so you can pick it out from the violin parts on the bookshelf :D


I wonder if it is any different from Sellman's transcriptions. I find these are very bare bone reading: no markings; no accentuation, and he doesn't even bother to list it the key as G major etc. Just titles like 'prelude'. Worse bit is, the music doesn't fold flat.

I guess I've been spoilt with flute music. Franz Bruggen's violin transcriptions of BWV 1001-1006 are very affordable with scholarly annotations. They fold out beautifully on acid-free sheet music sized papers. It's all transcribed for alto recorder solo and has less of that frenetic high pitched string squealing sometimes associated with the violin parts.
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