The <i>Siciliana</i> of the G-minor Sonata

Joel Lester

in Bach's Works for Solo Violin

Published in print October 1999 | ISBN: 9780195120974
Published online January 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199865406 | DOI:
The Siciliana of the G-minor Sonata

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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

Chapter.  6045 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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