Violin Sonata No.2 in A minor, BWV 1003, Grave & Fuga

Violin Sonata No.2 in A minor, BWV 1003, Grave & Fuga

Violin Sonata No.2 in A minor, BWV 1003, Grave & Fuga

Johann Sebastian Bach

György Pauk's masterclass

Produced by the Saline royale Academy English Subtitles are available in English, Japanese Music sheet annotated by  György Pauk  is available 20 min Violin

In this class, the second that the master Gyorgy Pauk dedicates together with the student to Bach's Sonata nr. 2 for solo violin, they work on some fundamental issues: color and direction.

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Therefore, following this guideline, Pauk makes several indications that focus on the bow, and how this is going to be the one that, in a way, "decides" about the color and the direction.

In an intense way, and almost without pause, the master and the student work on this masterpiece by Bach.
 

What we learn in this masterclass

  1. Working with different colors

  2. In Bach, direction is fundamental

Violin Sonata No.2 in A minor, BWV 1003 by Johann Sebastian Bach

Bach himself was a highly accomplished violinist: this instrument was in fact most likely one of the first instruments he studied with his father and his first musical post at age seventeen was as a violinist. The six Sonatas and Partitas are dated 1720 and are, as is often the case with Bach's music, inescapable masterpieces for any performer and also for music listeners. The three sonatas are modeled on the Italian tradition of the sacred church with four sections: a slow introduction followed by a fugue, a lyrical slow movement, and a fast finale.

  • Composer: Bach
  • Piece:Violin Sonata No.2 in A minor, BWV 1003, Grave & Fuga
  • Professor: György Pauk
  • Student:Anatol Janos Toth
  • Instruments: Violin
  • Date:09 February 2022
  • Producer: Produced by the Saline royale Academy
  • Duration:20 min
  • Spoken language:English
  • Subtitle languages: English, Japanese

Sheet music

Aim for excellence! You can improve your skills with expert advice. Download the annotated sheet music of this violin masterclass. Please note that this piece has been annotated in accordance to György Pauk’s feedback and comments.

Sheet music violin sonata no.2 in a minor, bwv 1003, grave & fuga

György Pauk

György Pauk

First Prize in 1956 at the Niccolò Paganini International Violin Competition in Genoa, Italy.

Recognized as one of the leading violinists of his generation, György Pauk was born in Budapest, Hungary, and received his musical education at the renown Franz Liszt Music Academy. Before settling in London in 1961, he already won First Prize at the Paganini Competition in Genova, The Premier Grand Prix at the Jacques Thibaud Competition in Paris, First Prize at the Munich Sonata Competition, and had performed numerous concerts all over Eastern Europe.

He made his London debut in the Wigmore Hall in 1962, receiving outstanding reviews in the press, followed by his orchestral debut in the Royal Festival Hall, with the London Symphony Orchestra under Lorin Maazel. He made his US debut with the Chicago Symphony at the invitation of Sir George Solti. Likewise, he has performed in all five continents, giving an average of 90 concerts a year alongside many major orchestras, collaborating with conductors like Haitink, Dorati, Barbirolli, Solti, Kondrashin, Boulez, Rattle, Dutoit, Rozdestvensky, Dohnanyi, Colin Davis, and more. What's more, he has appeared, among others, at the Edinburgh, Luzern, Cheltenham, Bath, Hollywood Bowl, Ravinia, Santa Fe, Aspen, Dubrovnik, and Prague Spring Festivals.

He was a regular soloist at the Henry Wood Promenade Seasons at the Albert Hall and made innumerable broadcasts for the BBC. His exceptional rich repertoire, also for chamber music, includes several masterpieces of the 20th Century. He retired from the podium after five decades, playing his last farewell concert with the Budapest Festival Orchestra under their conductor Ivan Fischer in Budapest in 2008.

György Pauk is now professor at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he conducts a “Performers Class” with selected young talents from all over the world. He has led masterclasses in the US at the following institutions: Curtis, Peabody, Yale, Cleveland, Oberlin, Manhattan School, San Francisco, and Juilliard School, as well as in schools all over China, Japan, Israel and across Europe. He is often invited to juries of many major international violin competitions.

Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach is undoubtedly one of the most important figures in music history. His incredible creative power, technical mastery, and intellect have made a lasting impression not only on classical music but also on many different modern music genres we know today.

Born in 1685 in Eisenach, Germany, Bach was a member of a very well-known family of musicians. At 18-years-old, he began working in Arnstadt where he accompanied hymns at church. His professional career as a musician would follow in Weimar, where he resided from 1708 to 1717. Here, Bach would deepen his theoretical study of composition and write most of his organ works. Moreover, he composed preludes and fugues that would be part of his collection The Well-Tempered Clavier. After building a considerable reputation in Weimar, Bach moved to Köthen to take a new role as Chapel Master. Writing less religious songs and putting more of a focus on chamber music, his compositions from this time would bring Baroque instrumental music to its pinnacle.

From 1723 until his death in 1750, Bach worked in Leipzig. First, as Thomaskantor at the Thomasschule and later as a private tutor and director of the Collegium Musicum. During this time, Bach worked on creating a repertoire of cantatas for church and revised many of his previous compositions. From 1726 onward, his keyboard works were published. His death in 1750 came to mark the end of the Baroque period and the beginning of Classicism. For many years after his passing, Johann Sebastian Bach’s works were buried with him until they resurfaced many years later and celebrated for their musical ingenuity.

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