At the same time, as Bach began to compose service cantatas every fourth Sunday with instrumental sinfonias, he made transcriptions of solo keyboard concertos and Italian-style instrumental concertos for organ and orchestra, notably Weimar Prince Johann Ernst BWV , , and Vivaldi BWV , , Bach in Weimar also pursued the beginnings of orchestral suites with dance movements, according to recent scholarship. The opening Sinfonia to Cantata , for organ obbligato and strings, itself dates possibly to Weimar , beginning with the first movement of the Clavier Concerto in D Minor, BWV It may have originated then, particularly its striking first movement in da capo ABA form with extensive Italianate ritornelli or long passages connecting material that then could be adapted to the Italian da-capo aria form.
In September when Bach was not composing church year cantatas weekly, it is quite possible that he turned to composing at least two keyboard concertos, BWV and in E Major. Bach Write Organ Concertos?
In September in the third cantata cycle, as he was finishing performances of chorus cantatas set to Rudolstadt texts of 18 by cousin Johann Ludwig Bach and seven of his own cantatas, Sebastian turned to his clavier concerti to provide materials for opening sinfonias, arias, and choruses. All three movements from a presumed Clavier Concerto No.
The opening Allegro became the opening Sinfonia with three oboes, strings and organ obbligato.
In the cantata, Bach uses an obbligato organ not only in the two sinfonias which evidently form the first and last movements of a lost instrumental concerto, possibly for oboe but also in the aria No. Bach intended to write this out as a harpsichord concerto but abandoned the endeavor after only 9 bars. Six weeks later, on 20 October , Bach began his series of Late Trinity Time mostly solo and dialogue cantatas, possibly to text of Christoph Birkmann. Bach used the first two movements of Clavier Concerto No.
The slow movement became the aria with obbligato organ and strings no. As with the first two movements of Clavier Concerto No. The orchestration is the same: three oboes, strings and obbligato organ, this time even more prominent.
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Coincidentally, the chorus text, Acts , is the same as the alto arioso no. The two final arias in progressive style Bach may have composed with the Saxon Court in mind, which visited in The part for this last-mentioned instrument a somewhat smaller violin tuned a minor third higher was added in a later version of the work. Furthermore, a Polonaise, a dance-form that was gaining in popularity at the time, was added after the original close. In short, Bach com- bined in this work the three-movement concerto form with that of a short suite. In this heterogeneous concertino, consisting of violin, recorder, oboe and trumpet, the trumpet part merits special mention for seldom before had the instrument been employed with such virtuosity.
While in the first movement the four solo instruments converse as a group of individuals, presenting the various motifs in alternation with each other, the strands of the recorder, oboe, violin and continuo parts in the slow movement are finely interwoven to act as a single instrument. In the third movement, the entrance of the trumpet draws again attention to the special place of this instrument in the solo group. The THIRD Brandenburg Concerto is a true concerto for strings: three groups of three violins, three violas and three cellos with basso continuo, are presented in the first movement as equal partners.
The various motifs are sounded in solos by all the parts. This concerto is singular in that it lacks a middle movement, the first and last movements being joined by a mere two chords. With its virtuoso and exuberantly furious sixteenth-note passages, the last movement stands in stark contrast to the more introverted first movement. Unlike the previous concertos, here the concertino is divided: the violin part is independent of that of the two recorders. This is probably in reference to their role in the second movement in which they interject small echoes interrupting the melody.
In order to realize this effect it is necessary that the recorders be positioned at a distance from the orchestra, thus enhancing the exciting spatial effect in their dialogue with the orchestra. The recorder, an instrument which was then considered the conveyor of a pastoral, erotic atmosphere, is the perfect instrument a for this echo effect, something which in this work is could be seen as a symbol for unrequited love.
Classical Notes - Classical Classics - Bach's Brandenburg Concertos, By Peter Gutmann
This is the first lengthy, fully notated solo cadenza in music history. Although the flute and violin also participate in the concertino, because of the great independence shown by the harpsichord this concerto has more the nature of a harpsichord concerto. Still, the equality between the harpsichord and other solo instruments seems reaffirmed in the slow movement for the cello does not participate in the basso continuo.
The extraordinary virtuosity of the harpsichord part and cadenza must be seen as Bach adding his personal signature to the work. The SIXTH Brandenburg Concerto is scored exclusively for low strings divided into two groups: two violas with cello, and two viola da gambas with double bass.
Indeed, the extreme contrast between the lovely melodic strains of the violas and the pounding accompaniment of the other voices does indeed give rise to a smile. The viola da gambas are silenced in the slow movement, there where the violas attain their highest expressiveness. The two violas da gamba are silent in the second movement, leaving the texture of a trio sonata for two violas and continuo, although the cello has a decorated version of the continuo bass line.
In the last movement, the spirit of the gigue underlies everything, as it did in the finale of the fifth concerto. Because King Frederick William I of Prussia was not a significant patron of the arts, Christian Ludwig seems to have lacked the musicians in his Berlin ensemble to perform the concertos. The autograph manuscript of the concertos was only rediscovered in the archives of Brandenburg by Siegfried Wilhelm Dehn in ; the concertos were first published in the following year.
The manuscript was nearly lost in World War II, when being transported for safekeeping to Prussia by train in the care of a librarian. The train came under aerial bombardment, and the librarian escaped the train to the nearby forest, with the scores hidden under his coat. In the modern era these works have been performed by orchestras with the string parts each played by a number of players, under the batons of, for example, Karl Richter and Herbert von Karajan.
They have also been performed as chamber music , with one instrument per part, especially by but not limited to groups using baroque instruments and sometimes more, sometimes less historically informed techniques and practice. There is also an arrangement for four-hand piano duet by composer Max Reger.
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