BRAHMS | sonata E minor op.38 | 3x BASS PARTS ONLY | GDAE, AEBF# and cGDA
FILE FORMAT: PDF | 300 dpi
SCORES: only Double Bass, three versions | 24 pages - and bonus material 16 pages (see under "BONUS MATERIAL")
PIANO PART: not included, but there are many great parts to be found easily even for free in the world web, if necessary. Many pianists own their own piano part of this piece, as it is such a famous composition.
SCORDATURA: in F (cGDA), in D (AEBF#) and in C (GDAE)
BONUS MATERIAL: this updated release (since August 2021) contains also scanned copies of my own parts (for cGDA and for AEBF#) with all my handwritten markings like fingerings, bowings or articulations. An additional page explains my fingerings system to make the scans as useful as possible.
SOURCE: composer's original text | unamended
RECOMMENDED PIANO SCORES: G.Henle Urtext HN1134 (not included) | Bärenreiter Urtext BA9429 (not included) | Wiener Urtext UT50039 (not included) - every piano part should match this edition.
COMMENTS: My own experience with this piece was rich: I have played it first with AEBF# ("solo" tuning), later I've decided to learn it again with the scordatura transp. in F (cGDA), which is in my opinion the best working one for this piece. It sounds clearer, which is a big advantage in this piece, especially in the last movement to match such a massive piano part. Scordatura in F also has better playability (some parts are unplayable with the AEBF# tuning, like the double stops in 1st movement). Also the version in "orchestra tuning" GDAE offers better playability than the AEBF# tuning.
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