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Bach's Works for Solo ViolinStyle, Structure, Performance$
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Joel Lester

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780195120974

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195120974.001.0001

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The Siciliana of the G-minor Sonata

The Siciliana of the G-minor Sonata

(p.87) Four The Siciliana of the G-minor Sonata
Bach's Works for Solo Violin

Joel Lester

Oxford University Press

The Siciliana lightens the tone of the G-minor Sonata with its dance-like rhythms (a siciliana being a dance related to the gigue) and with its looser construction into a series of parallel sections with heightening activity, both within sections and in the recurrence of sections. Comparison with some other parallel-section movements by Bach in many genres (including the C-major Two-Part Invention, two movements of the Sonata in A major for Violin and Keyboard, and the first movement of the Brandenburg Concerto No. 2) highlights the construction of this movement and the slow movements to the other solo-violin sonatas. All these slow movements welcome ornamentation.

Keywords:   siciliana, parallel sections, heightening activity, Two Part Invention, Brandenburg Concerto, ornamentation

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