The Six Sonatas for solo violin, Op 27 constitute the violinistic testament of Ysaˇe. Each of the sonatas is amicably dedicated to a violinist of the younger generation. They were composed with the personality of each dedicatee in mind, but maintain an overall unity of style. Ysaˇe sketched them in twenty-four hours following a recital by Joseph Szigeti, to whom the first sonata is dedicated. Ysaˇe was impressed by the way Szigeti played Bach, and Szigeti saw in the Op 27 Ďan attempt, probably subconscious, from Ysaˇe to interpret this musicí. Indeed, I believe that these sonatas are impregnated with Ysaˇeís own interpretation of Bachís sonatas as much as with the masterworks themselves.
The first sonata adopts the Bach sonata form: four movements with a fugue, a form that Bartůk, a close friend of Szigeti, would take on later in his sonata for solo violin.
from notes by Philippe Graffin © 1997