Favorite Movement(s) of Solo Bach
As the headline suggests, this is a "just wondering" type of thread about which movement(s) of Bach's Sonatas and Partitas are dearest to you. If you're like me, choosing just a few of these pieces for favorites is challenging, mainly for fear of "leaving out" all the others.
My favorite movements are the Siciliana from Sonata No. 1 and the Fugue and Largo from Sonata No. 3. I deeply enjoy the Siciliana and Largo for their lullaby-ish themes, short, sweet phrases, and delicate, subtle accompaniment. I find the C major Fugue a thrill to hear, with its robust chords, "al riverso" inverted section, and epic scale as a work almost as long as the Chaconne.
Which movements from solo Bach are your favorites and why? Do you feel any special personal connection to your selections?
The 'slow' movement of the A minor sonata. When it's really well played the entire universe seems to stand still and pause.
not really a reply to the original question, but the E major prelude must have been something Bach liked himself a lot, because he used it for three or four sinfonias in his cantates.
I'm with Jean.
My favorite is the Andante from Sonata No. 2 in A Minor. It is not an easy one to play well. It was beautifully played by my grandson at his 104 year old great grandmother's mass of celebration of life.
I also played that for my grandmother's funeral.
I find the Gavotte en Rondeau to be particularly charming. I also really like the D minor Sarabande, and there's a really cool major seventh dissonance in the 4th measure that always blows my mind.
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I think the C-minor "Sarabande" in the fifth Violacello suite has the best ratio of musicality to difficulty!
I enjoy hearing the movements that I can play, which leaves out the fugues and Chaconne.
Sonata No. 2's Andante seems well-loved, and for many reasons! It's profoundly calming, comforting music that literally moves to the beat of your heart. It's probably my favorite after the Siciliana. Another much simpler, but no less beautiful, piece from the S&Ps is the Double of the B minor Sarabande. It has such flow and wistfulness when played well.
My favorite is the Presto movement of the G minor Sonata. Its rhythmic and harmonic complexity is unlike anything I had heard before. Interestingly there is a risk of it sounding like an etude; it should be fast but not too fast in my opinion. I think the movement is almost as much of a challenge for the listener as the player.
P.-1 Sarabande Double: I have bowed it as an Irish Slip Jig (9/8), but I haven't had the courage to perform it that way. Sonata 1- Presto: the hemiola pattern, 6/16 measures alternating with 3/8 can be brought out with the bowing and emphasizing some notes more than others.
Mr. Quivey, I'm sure Bach would have enjoyed that! It could be the B-minor Gigue...
Partita II Allemande, pretty much all but especially Allemande Gigue and Chaconne; Sonata III Largo.
My favorite movement is whichever one I am playing now.