Bach's Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin Arranged for Mandolin
By Mandolin Cafe
June 30, 2014 - 2:00 pm
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.
- Partita I
- Double Presto
- Tempo di Borea
- Sonata II
- Purchase: From Mel Bay Publications
- Available as Book or eBook
- Binding: Saddle Stitched
- 76 pages
- Skill Level: Advanced
- Retail: $19.99
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What does it give you that the violin part wouldn't?
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.