Together with Pierre Baillot and Rodolphe Kreutzer, Pierre Rode founded the important Franco-Belgian violin school at the end of the eighteenth century. Celebrated throughout Europe, this violinist gives impressive testament to his technique with his “24 Caprices en Forme d’Études” in all keys. While concentrating completely on studying technical phenomena, he created valuable compositions that recall Paganini’s pieces of the same name. To this day, the “Caprices” are a milestone in every violinist’s education (conservatory level). For the first time, G. Henle Publishers’ Urtext edition clarifies in detail the matter of the source situation (first edition and revised edition) and offers the musical text in the “definitive version” with all historical notations. As a Rode specialist of the first order, violinist Friedemann Eichhorn assisted with the preparation of this edition and contributed fingering and bowing suggestions ideal for contemporary violin instruction.
- 24 Caprices for Violin solo
About the authors
Norbert Gertsch (Editor)
Dr. Norbert Gertsch, born in 1967 in Rheinkamp/Moers, studied piano solo at the Mozarteum in Salzburg and read musicology and philosophy at the Paris Lodron University in Salzburg and the Ruperto Carola University Heidelberg on a scholarship from the “Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes”. In 1996 he wrote his doctoral thesis on Ludwig van Beethoven’s Missa solemnis (as part of the New Complete Edition) under Ludwig Finscher.
In the following year, he began work at G. Henle Publishers, initially as an editor for electronic publishing. After working on a two-year project (1999–2000) sponsored by the German Research Foundation (DFG) preparing a new Beethoven Catalogue of Works, he became a scholarly editor at G. Henle Publishers. In 2003 he became Editor-in-Chief and in 2009 Deputy Managing Director and Head of Publishing. Gertsch has published many Urtext editions for G. Henle Publishers, including volumes for a new edition of Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas together with Murray Perahia.