Bach dances (cello suites/S&P's)

May 18, 2021, 9:51 AM · Hi all,
Would someone kindly generate a list of the sort of characteristics of each of the dances that appear in Bach's cello suite and sonatas and partitas? Currently learning the first cello suite, and would like to have something to draw from.

Thanks in advance.

Replies (7)

May 18, 2021, 11:21 AM · Which edition are you learning from? The Peters Edition of the Bach Suites for viola has lots of information at the front about what each movement is, how it could be played, as well as appropriate ornamentation etc.
May 18, 2021, 11:44 AM · Ah thats the exact one I have. I had a skim through it, but didn't take anything in. Thanks!
May 18, 2021, 12:19 PM · Yo-Yo Ma's discs both dance and sing!
May 18, 2021, 1:17 PM · Might this help? You'll need a JSTOR account:

May 18, 2021, 3:21 PM · Simon Rowland-Jones (chez Peters) has also transposed the Sonatas & Partitas, also with copious commentatries.
May 18, 2021, 6:42 PM · This is a classic case for Wikipedia. Example: BourrĂ©e:Ă©e

I find Wikipedia quite reliable in fields where I have expertise. And this article is short but really quite good.

May 18, 2021, 6:57 PM · Rostropovich did a DVD album in which he also discussed each of the "dances" and of course played them. It is worth looking for.

I think that is what inspired me to work on the first 4 quite seriously some years ago (on cello).

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