Gavotte in D Major by Bach
Gavotte in D Major is actually a combination of two gavottes. Originally it wasn’t written for violin solo. Here is a version with the original instruments. It gives a better idea of the emotions it’s supposed to transmit.
Gavotte in D Major: challenges
The Gavotte in D Major is good to focus on grace notes, trills and double stops. It also has several staccato parts and plenty of room for vibrato. However I didn’t do much vibrato. Honestly, I didn’t like the piece that much. The first days I liked it, then I got bored with it. So I didn’t practice it for a long time. I think this is the last time I will practice a piece that I don’t really like. I just wanted to play the entire Suzuki book 3 and so I had to do this one too. In the future I’m not going to study whole books anymore. I will still follow several books, but if I don’t like a piece, I will just skip it. It’s not very helpful for my progress to practice a piece that I don’t really love. Because then I’m not very motivated…
That said, here is my recording of the piece, not completely polished, but good enough to show to anybody out there who wants to see it
Sources used to learn Gavotte in D Major
The article on teachsuzukiviolin.com dedicated to this piece, has very interesting information. It says the piece is easy… which actually I don’t find that easy. It’s true the notes may be easy. But I still have troubles with staccato and there is plenty of staccato in this piece. Also I had to practice the double stops a lot to make them not sound scratchy. If one wants to play this piece with the trills and vibrato, without squeaks etc, I don’t think it’s that easy. But sure, it’s not very complicated.
This video was also an inspiration for me to get more familiar with the rhythm of this piece. I think this girl plays beautifully!!