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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