Bach Giga from D Minor Partita
What are some of the trademarks in this piece that make this a work of Bach and no other composer?
I'm no expert but I think the way Bach writes sequences -- of which there are many in this piece -- is characteristic. Compare them, for example, to Vivaldi.
I'm not sure the use of sequence distinguishes Bach from Vivaldi. In fact, I'd say that Vivaldi uses just as much, if not more, sequence as a standard device in all of his music.
Raymond - does anyone doubt it? I've read the theory that Anna Magdalena Bach may have been responsible for the cello suites, and part of me thinks that's plausible
You mean Anna Magdalena said to her husband: "Hey Bach, you should really write some cello suites"?
In bars 10 and 11, in beats 5/6 and 11/12, I see groups of three (b flat, c natural, b flat) and (a natural, c natural, a natural). Is this motif characteristic of Bach? Is there a technical term for it?
Are you writing a term paper?
"Are you writing a term paper?"
"Trademarks" or hallmarks?
No more term papers for me but I wish I had taken a music theory course when I was in college. I’ve tried to read some Bach biographies but I get a little lost in the numerous theoretical examples that the authors provide.
All you have to know is I-V-I.
I meant “trademarks” or distinctive characteristics.
The cello suites are stylistically so different from the violin S&P I can't help wondering (when I need a change from "who wrote Shakespeare?"). The opening of suite No. 1 seems frankly banal, particularly when played with excessive reverence; man gazes raptly at the sky over his left shoulder while sawing cello in half, doodle-diddle-diddle-diddle.