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Topic: Strange fingerings (BWV 884)  (Read 900 times)

Offline alatius

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Strange fingerings (BWV 884)
on: November 12, 2021, 08:24:23 PM
I just started look at Bach's BWV 884, and found this score on IMSLP:
https://s9.imslp.org/files/imglnks/usimg/e/e5/IMSLP564779-PMLP738830-bwv_884.pdf

It's not pretty to look at, but it has fingering advice, which I thought might be helpful. But, is it just me, or do these fingerings look really strange? For convenience, I took an image of the firsta bars:



In the first bar, the editor proposes to rest with the left hand pinkie (5) on the G (of course), while playing B-A-B using 4-3-4! At first I thought this was just an editing error, but then in bar 4, there is a similar strange fingering in the right hand: thumb on F#(!) followed by index finger (2) on E. I am not very advanced, granted, but I can't twist my hands in this way, nor do I see the need to even try.

So, what's up with this? Should I just throw this score away, or is there something I am missing here?


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Offline lelle

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Re: Strange fingerings (BWV 884)
Reply #1 on: November 12, 2021, 10:59:31 PM
Yeah that score looks pretty awful, I'd just pick another edition. My guess is the 4 3 4 is supposed to be 3 4 3, but when creating the score they just copy-pasted the error without checking.

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Re: Strange fingerings (BWV 884)
Reply #2 on: November 13, 2021, 01:01:33 PM
Thanks, as I suspected then!  :)
 

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