Bach double in Bk. 4

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Alice said: Oct 2, 2012
Suzuki Association Member
Walnut Creek, CA
4 posts

I’m looking over the Bach Double Concerto in book 4 in the revised addition and can’t believe that they only put in the score. This makes it impossible for the student to turn pages. Also I found some inconsistencies with the editions edited by Galamian and David Oistrach that I’ve played from.

1 In measure 12, the descending scale has a B natural and the other editions have a B flat. I’m used to hearing and playing the B flat. Is this a miss-print?

2 none of the other editions have a trill in measure 17.

3 measure 18, the more customary way to play the #G is with an up bow and not to hook it to the preceding A.

Has any other Suzuki violin teacher found this edition difficult to use with their students?

Paula Bird said: Oct 3, 2012
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Piano, Viola
Wimberley, TX
386 posts

Yes and no. I have the same issue with some of the notes you mention. The trill has been added for years in teacher training classes. I like the score from the teacher’s viewpoint. It’s also so much easier (!!!) for students to read in the revised edition. I understand why bowings have been put in the way they have, but it annoys me that a sequence bowing is inconsistent. I have learned to live with it. Yes students have to turn pages, but they ultimately play by memory pretty quickly anyway, so that issue goes away quickly. It’s also an incentive to memorize quickly. Many times we don’t turn the page until we’ve gotten to a rest in someone’s part.

Oh well, we can’t have everything we want. The revised edition is such an improvement over the printing in the last edition. I can live with the little things. I still play those notes you mention incorrectly though. Many of the wedding gigs I play use other versions of this piece, and the notes are different there too.

Paula E. Bird
TX State University
Wildflower Suzuki Studio (blog) (podcast)

Farobag Homi Cooper said: Oct 3, 2012
Farobag Homi Cooper
Suzuki Association Member
Piano, Voice, Viola, Violin
4 posts

As far as page turns go, I agree that it is a wonderful incentive to memorize (which parenthetically ought to be done in any event to promote greater flexibility and creativity which ultimately leads to mastery.)

Nonetheless, I have been recently introduced to a unique product designed for these cumbersome page turns and it virtually eliminates them for compositions up to six pages in length! It has also been a blessing for me serving as an accompanist since I would not readily need a page-turner. It’s called the Maestro’s Mate and the reader can view it on

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