Wednesday Music: Bach’s Concerto For Two Violins

I wasn’t sure what piece to post about today, but then I remembered the good old Bach double. It was stuck in my head earlier this week, which is completely random, as I hadn’t listened to it or played it in years. Here’s a bit about it, the Concerto for Two Violins in D Minor, BWV 1043 by Johann Sebastian Bach.

  • Bach probably wrote this concerto in 1717. I say probably because there seems to be a question of whether the 1717 date is truly accurate or not. Some people say he composed it later than 1717.
  • The concerto is scored for two solo violins, continuo, and strings. It follows the typical Baroque pattern of three movements in the order of fast-slow-fast.
  • This concerto was influence by Vivaldi’s work, as were many of Bach’s compositions.

When I played this with my violin teacher, I played the second solo part, which means I was the first to start playing. It’s a very fun piece to play.


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