During the last two weeks, as I mentioned in my latest post full of energy after an exciting summer, I have been studying an excellent piece of music, Double (no.6) from Partita No.1 in B minor, BWV 1002, from J.S. Bach.

This is a “dreamy” piece of music, that can be classified it as of medium technical difficulty. But, although not very demanding in terms of speed and chords (actually there are no chords in this piece), in order to be played properly, the performer needs to be very relaxed and play each note with accuracy but without tension, in order to allow Bach music to flow from the mandolin to the ears of the listener, as water would flow in a quiet stream.

After two weeks, I have managed to reach the stage where I can play the whole piece by heart and without major issues. If you are interested you can hear my performance here:

Chris Rizos Studying Double from Partita No1 BWV 1002 J.S. Bach

Next step is to achieve a fluid sound, fuller notes, and greater rhythm stability. I will be posting my improved performance as well, so stay tuned!


Music Score

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 download the tab here: Tab for J.S.Bach Partita No.1, BWV 1002, Double 

The tab is courtesy of Mandozine, a Mandolin site with a rich collection of tabs.

You can view this tab file with TEFview, the FREE TablEdit File Viewer available for PC, Mac, iPhone/iPAD here: Download TEFview, the free tablature viewer

Info about the composer, J.S.Bach

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.

Johann Sebastian Bach
The 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


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