Bach : Suite 1, BWV - Prelude - christmas-poem.infoThey are some of the most frequently performed and recognizable solo compositions ever written for cello. These suites for unaccompanied cello are remarkable in that they achieve the effect of implied three-to-four-voice contrapuntal and polyphonic music in a single musical line. They have since been performed and recorded by many renowned cellists and have been transcribed for numerous other instruments; they are considered some of Bach's greatest musical achievements. An exact chronology of the suites regarding both the order in which the suites were composed and whether they were composed before or after the solo violin sonatas cannot be completely established. However, scholars generally believe that—based on a comparative analysis of the styles of the sets of works—the cello suites arose first, effectively dating the suites earlier than , the year on the title page of Bach's autograph of the violin sonatas. The suites were not widely known before the s, and for a long time it was generally thought that the pieces were intended to be studies ; additionally, while four of the suites are written for a four-stringed instrument in the standard tuning, the fifth suite employs a variant tuning, and the sixth suite was written for an instrument with five strings. Although he later performed the works publicly, it was not until , when he was 60 years old, that he agreed to record the pieces, beginning with Suites Nos.
Bach Cello Suite Sheet Music
In Stock. These solo suites so dominate the cello literature that I think many don't realize that there are other suites and sonatas for unaccompanied cello. They are awesome works, with subtleties which will tax the greatest virtuosi, yet they can be played for fun by students. This edition has some bowing and fingering directions, but no narrative about what the music means. The typography is clear, which is not easy in such complex music, but there are a couple of nasty inkblots.