Sarah Paquette, Music
“A New Perspective on a Bach Partita”
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Airi Yoshioka
Expected Graduation Date: May 2010
For years violinists have performed Bach’s Gavotte en Rondeau from Partita No. 3 in E Major with a variety of ornamentations (i.e., turns, trills), articulations (i.e., legato, spiccato), vibrato, and bowings (i.e., slur, direction). My research and culminating performance are geared towards the fusion between historical information of Baroque violin performance and my own personal aesthetics. They include the investigation of performers, teachers, theorists, and historians since the Baroque era such as: Francesco Geminiani and Johann Joachim Quantz (two scholars of Baroque performance practice), Leopold Mozart (W.A. Mozart’s father), and Judith Tarling (a contemporary violinist who specializes in Baroque performance practice). In addition, I plan to attend the Summit Chamber Festival in Pleasantville, NY where a teacher will be assisting me through the process. I will also be experimenting with replicas of a Baroque violin and bow as a part of preparing the Partita I will be performing at the end of the year. The information acquired from the research process will aid music education of the Bach Partita as they are an essential component of violin repertoire.