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The four Orchestral Suites or Ouvertures BWV 1066 1069 are a set of compositions by Johann Sebastian Bach, probably composed around 1720 in Cöthen. The word ouverture refers to an opening movement in which a section of slow dotted-note rhythm is followed by a fugue; at the time, this name was also used to refer to a whole suite of dance-pieces in the French baroque style.
Ouverture No. 1 in C major, BWV 1066
3. Gavotte I/II
5. Minuet I/II
6. Bourrée I/II
7. Passepied I/II
Instrumentation: Oboe I/II, bassoon, violin I/II, viola, basso continuo
Ouverture No. 2 in B minor, BWV 1067
4. Bourrée I/II
5. Polonaise (Lentement) - Double
Instrumentation: Solo flute, violin I/II, viola, basso continuo The badinerie has become a show-piece for solo flautists, due to its quick pace and difficulty, and it is also often heard as a mobile phone ringtone. It was sampled by rapper Busdriver for his 2002 song Imaginary Places.
Ouverture No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068
3. Gavotte I/II
Instrumentation: Trumpet I/II/III, timpani, oboe I/II, violin I/II, viola, basso continuo The Air is one of the most famous pieces of classical music. An arrangement of the piece has come to be known as Air on the G String.
Concerto for harpsichord, flute, and violin in A minor, BWV 1044
2. Adagio ma non tanto e dolce
3. Alla breve
Scoring: harpsichord solo, violin solo, flute solo, violin I/II, viola, continuo (cello, violone)
Though this a concerto for three instruments, the harpsichord has the most prominent role and greatest quantity of material; there are several cadenzas and virtuosic passages for the instrument; the scoring is identical to that of Brandenburg concerto no.5, BWV 1050, though the character is quite different. The first and third movements are adapted from the prelude and fugue in A minor for solo harpsichord, BWV 894, which have been developed with added tutti sections. The middle movement is from the trio sonata for organ in D minor, BWV 527, which has been expanded to four voices; only the solo instruments play, and the flute and violin share the melody and accompaniment, switching roles on the repeat of each half.
Duilio Galfetti, violin, viola
Giovanni De Rosa, viola
Thomas Muller, natural horns
Raul Diaz, natural horns
Maurice Steger, recorder
Stefano Bet, flute, recorder
Emiliano Rodolfi, oboe
Gabriele Cassone, natural trumpet
Francesco Cera, harpsichord
Diego Fasolis, harpsichord, conductor
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