Wednesday Music: Bach’s Suite No. 1 In G Major For Cello

I have a real treat for you today. Today’s piece is Johann Sebastian Bach’s Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 1, BWV 1007. Here’s a bit about it.

  • Bach wrote six suites for solo cello. The first one is my favorite, but the others are really good, too, so I may post about them in the future.
  • I’ve been obsessed with this piece since I heard the prelude (that’s the very first part you’ll hear in the video) in the movie Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World back in 2003.
  • Each suite has six movements, and each movement is a type of dance. This is normal for a Baroque musical suite.

You guys, my devotion to this music is so strong that I bought the sheet music for these pieces transcribed for violin. (Cello music is written mainly in bass clef and the cello has different pitches than the violin, so you can’t just read off the original cello part if you’re playing violin. Well, technically you could, but you’d have to transcribe as you go along, and my musical skills aren’t quite that good.) It’s kind of random thing to transcribe, so back when I bought it, only one publisher offered it and it was at least $40, which was fortune to me back then. If that doesn’t explain my devotion, I don’t know what does. 🙂


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