QUOTE(fsharpminor @ May 5 2011, 05:13 AM)
I have dabbled with various Partita movements. Yes there are some technically less demanding ones, but each Partita also has one or two very technical movements (eg the Capriccio in No 2, set as gade 8 but far harder). Quite honestly I'd rather play a Prelude and Fugue ! My all time favourite the F# Minor (no 14) in Book 2, has a relatively straightforward Prelude, and only a few tricky bits in the fugue. Its on the LRSM syllabus. Its also about 8 mins long (the second longest of the 48), giving you a decent chunk of baroque in your programme. So dont dismiss the WTC wholeheartedly.
Oh dear... is the capriccio that bad? I read through it and it didn't seem terrible, but now my teacher has given me six weeks to bring it to performance standard...
At any rate, as fsharpminor points out, there are some incredible preludes and fugues which you shouldn't dismiss - I also love the F# minor one from book II, and agree that it isn't too bad. Some of my other favorites on the LRSM list include the D# minor from book I and the G minor from book II. But I have decided to work on a partita (the second
) with LRSM in mind, so I certainly see where you are coming from!
In general, I feel that the individual movements don't go far beyond grade 8 in standard (the gigue from #5 looks crazy though!) - the difficulty is more in the stamina required to put them all together and giving each dance its own character while making a coherent whole. If I were you, and actually this IS what I'm doing for the partita I am working on, is to focus on the harder movements first, so they have time to settle into the mind and fingers.