Violin/Air on G possible using D string only
QUESTION: Is the violinist playing Bach Air using the D string only:
Eddie Hodges Philadelphia, PA USA
ANSWER: Hi Eddie,
thank you for dropping by. He is using mostly the G string, not D. But in 1:49-1:51 he moves to the D, for example. Well, today it's not as strict as it used to be decades ago, you know.
Have a good day!
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QUESTION: Thanks for the answer. But, can you refer to me an example(s) (video/youtube) showing someone using only the G string. As I think it was originally done (I think). I hear it's done.
Hi again, Eddie,
I did some search and found interesting things I wasn't aware of. The original score is in D major. Here is how Bach composed it originally in his orchestral suite: http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=18195
"G string" is a later arrangement for violin and piano and transcription by the German violinist August Wilhelmj, who transposed to C and an octave down, and who was then able to play the piece on the G string of the violin. See here for that: http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=18195
This is the version you are looking for: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=th-_NM1FbnU