Trills in the Bach Cello Suites: A Handbook for Performers

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Offers performers, teachers and students new insights into ornamentation.

An important new reference work that has earned praise from America’s leading Bach scholar and an impressive list of distinguished cellists.

The Cello Suites of Johann Sebastian Bach contain some one hundred trills, many open to diverse execution and more than half sparking controversy among musicians. Now accomplished cellist Jerome Carrington brings together and examines historically informed interpretations of the trills and compares them with contemporary performance practice.

Carrington collects and annotates every trill in the Cello Suites, examining each ornament individually to find the most historically accurate solution for its execution. For determining the form of each trill, he offers a method that includes analysis of harmonic structure. Because no autograph copy of the Cello Suites has survived, he undertakes a detailed study of the manuscript of the Lute Suite in G minor, which Bach adapted from Cello Suite No. 5, as a reference for correcting errors and verifying harmonic and rhythmic details.

Bursting with new ideas, Trills in the Bach Cello Suites offers insight for performers and music theorists alike. It will aid in the interpretation of these classic works as it renews our appreciation for Bach’s genius.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780806140018
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
  • Publication date: 3/15/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Jerome Carrington has been principal cellist of three major American symphonies and was solo cellist for the Bethlehem Bach Festival Orchestra for ten years. Currently he teaches privately in New York City and is a member of the cello faculty in the Pre-College Division of the Juilliard School. His articles on cello performance have appeared in The Strad, Strings, and the Juilliard Journal.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Lynn Harrell Harrell, Lynn

Introduction 3

1 Ornaments: Designs and Definitions 9

2 Pablo Casals 19

3 J. S. Bach: Performance Practice 23

4 The Compound Trills 43

5 Suite No.1 in G Major 61

6 Suite No.2 in D Minor 85

7 Suite No.3 in C Major 101

8 Suite No.4 in E-flat Major 111

9 Lute Suite in G Minor, BWV 995 121

10 Suite No.5 in C Minor 131

11 Suite No.6 in D Major 163

Conclusion 173

Postscript: The Experience Factor 177

Appendix Differences between Cello Suite No.5 and the Lute Suite 179

Glossary 183

Bibliography 189

Index 191

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