The Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin (BWV 1001–1006) are a set of six works composed by Johann Sebastian Bach. The set consists of three sonatas da chiesa, in four movements, and three partitas (or partias), in dance-form movements.
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.
These works are excellent for the mandolin too, as the mandolin and the violin share common tuning (G,D,A,E). Here is the Double (sixth part) of Violin Partita I, performed by yours truly. Enjoy!
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Merci ! j’ai vraiment aprécié votre jeu, tout en finesse.
I really enjoyed your fine playing.
Thank you Christian! I love J.S Bach’s music…
Very nice playing, Chris. Appreciate your interpretation and your very nice clear tone.
Very nice playing.
What kind of mandolin is that?
thank you for your nice words. This is an extraordinary mandolin by an Australian Luthier named Richard Morgan. I can send you his details if you are interested.