The Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin (BWV 1001–1006) are a set of six works composed by Johann Sebastian Bach. They consist of three sonatas da chiesa, in four movements, and three partitas, in dance-form movements.

Violin works are excellent works for the mandolin as both instruments are tuned in the same way. Chris Thile, a virtuoso mandolin performer, has been performing various Bach works, but the latest CD release has included a mesmerising performance of Partita No.1, worth purchasing and listening.

About the Partita No.1

Johann Sebastian Bach

The Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin set was completed by 1720, but was only published in 1802 by Nikolaus Simrock in Bonn. Even after publication, it was largely ignored until the celebrated violinist Joseph Joachim started performing these works. Today, Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas are an essential part of the violin repertoire, and they are frequently performed and recorded.
The Sei Solo – a violino senza Basso accompagnato, as Bach titled them, firmly established the technical capability of the violin as a solo instrument. The pieces often served as an archetype for solo violin pieces for the following generations of composers including Eugène Ysaÿe and Béla Bartók.

For more info, you can refer to the following: Link to Wikipedia article

Music Score and Audio

You can download the music score (PDF) here: IMSLP01305-BWV1002

If you are interested to find all the music scores for the 6 Violin Sonatas and Partitas, BWV 1001-1006 (Bach, Johann Sebastian), you can go to

IMSLP.org. Here is the imslp.org direct link to the 6 Violin Sonatas and partitas.

You can purchase an audio release of this piece from the shopping area of theMandolinTuner

About the PartiTa No.1

ComposerBach, Johann Sebastian
Opus/Catalogue NumberBWV 1002
KeyB minor
Movements/Sections8 movements:

  1. Allemanda
  2. Double
  3. Courante
  4. Double
  5. Sarabande
  6. Double
  7. Tempo di Borea (“Gavotte”)
  8. Double
Year/Date of Composition1720
First Publication1802
Piece StyleBaroque
InstrumentationViolin (solo)
External LinksWikipedia article


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