Partita in A minor - Historical Clues and New Discoveries for Performance
- Staff Pick
“New Discoveries for Performance”
The complete title for this book is "JS Bach Partita in A minor with Emphasis on the Allemande - Historical Clues and New Discoveries for Performance." If you are really interested in this music (the proverbial anorak perhaps?) this is the book for you. There's just about everything here. Part One investigates the historical context of the whole Partita including a facsimile and proper version, and you are then invited to play from both to compare. You will need very good eyesight to do this though, as it some may find the facsimile difficult to read.
Part Two starts by comparing 5 contemporary allemandes - four by Bach himself and one by Blockwitz. It then goes on to a structural analysis of the original, with particular reference to breathing and articulation, or structural enunciation as it is called here. There is then a section on interpretation (rhetoric analogy and emphatic delivery), followed by a brief overview of the other movements. Practice suggestions are included at various points throughout the book. Interesting!
From the Publisher
This investigative edition sheds new light on the perplexing features of Bach’s great work. For example, the continuous sixteenth notes in the Allemande—where to breathe?—embrace both the typical features of allemandes and some highly irregular ones. The authors propose that the atypical, psalm-like structure, delivered with the speech-like enunciation used by Baroque flutists, allows the kind of breathing appropriate to a recitation.
The unusually intense melody turns out to fit the structure and images of two particular psalms. The remaining movements—Corrente, Sarabande, and Bourrée anglaise—likewise prove both typical and atypical of their dance types, and make a strong contrast with the Allemande while intimately identifying with it.
The edition includes a manuscript facsimile and modern transcription of the Partita, as well as a complete structural analysis, a structural enunciation, a rhetorical analogy, and a method of emphatic delivery for the Allemande. 25 pages of music. 43 pages of text and musical examples.