- Hardcover: 200 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (September 30, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0195120973
- ISBN-13: 978-0195120974
- Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.8 x 6.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,266,282 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Bach's Works for Solo Violin: Style, Structure, Performance Hardcover – September 30, 1999
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"Joel Lester is one of America's leading theorists and analysts of music, as well as a professional violinist. He is therefore uniquely qualified to write a serious analytical and interpretive study of J. S. Bach's violin music. . . . It's quite incredible that, despite the stature and importance of this music, there has never been a serious full-length study of its repertoire. That is, until now. . . . This book is richly informative and insightful, abundantly displaying Lester's learning and analytical talents. It is also engagingly written."--Robert L. Marshall, Brandeis University
"Performers will find this book's discussion of recordings invaluable, its performance-oriented analyses helpful in understanding the logic behind interpretation, and its historical excursuses informative. . . . Lester has the reputation of being an excellent performer, is a recognized scholar in the history of theory, and has written a harmony textbook. Who better to bring all of these talents and accomplishments to a book of this sort?"--Lee A. Rothfarb, University of California at Santa Barbara
About the Author
Joel Lester is the Dean of the Mannes College of Music. He has been active in many areas of music education, scholarship, and performance for three decades. The author of several books, he is a former editor of Music Theory Spectrum.
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1. History of Bach's solo works
2. The G-Minor adagio
3. The G-Minor fuga
4. The Siciliana of the G-Minor sonata
5. The G-Minor presto
6. The partitas
7. Closing thoughts
So, five chapters on one sonata, and all the other works crammed into a single chapter.
The analysis of the one sonata is quite good, but does not carry over into the other works. The G-Minor presto gets 29 pages, the immortal chaconne of Partita #2 barely gets four pages. It's extremely frustrating.
This is really a work about sonata #1. Coverage of the other pieces feels like an afterthought.