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Trills in the Bach Cello Suites: A Handbook for Performers

Trills in the Bach Cello Suites: A Handbook for Performers

by Jerome Carrington, Lynn Harrell


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Trills in the Bach Cello Suites: A Handbook for Performers

Offers performers, teachers and students new insights into ornamentation.

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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ISBN-13: 9780806140018
Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
Publication date: 03/15/2009
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 8.80(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About 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.

Lynn Harrell has performed as soloist with nearly every distinguished symphony orchestra worldwide. His discography includes the complete Bach Cello Suites.

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