Journal of Undergraduate Research


baroque violin, Bach Violin Sonata No 2, community recital


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For my project, I learned and performed Bach Violin Sonata No. 2 in A minor on baroque violin and performed it in a community recital. In the Baroque era, the violin was strung with gut strings and played with a shorter, lighter bow. This instrument was ideal for the Baroque style of music which calls for quick articulations, and a more buoyant tone. But overtime the instrument evolved into the modern violin which has greater tension in steel strings tuned a half-step higher, and played with a longer, heavier bow. This allows the violin to produce a larger sound, but the increase in tension on the instrument requires a change in the musician’s technique. Twentieth century playing styles of long strokes and continuous vibrato, but performing baroque era music calls for different techniques.

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