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Sheet Music: Minuet in B minor

TitleMinuet in B minor
from Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B minor
Opus numberBWV 1067, Mvmt. 6
ComposerJohann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyB minor
RangeD4–B5
Time signature3/4
Tempo108 BPM
Performance time1:20
Difficulty levelintermediate
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Date added2009-04-20
Last updated2009-11-30
CategoriesBaroque, Minuets, Show-off pieces, Written for Flute

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Monday 20 April 2009

Tune of the Day: Minuet in B minor

from J.S. Bach's Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B minor

It is unknown when exactly Johann Sebastian Bach wrote his Suite for Orchestra No. 2 in B minor, BWV 1067. It is a vibrant and fast-paced work, leaning towards the entertainment side of pure music. This suite is one of four such works that the composer wrote in his lifetime. Bach was not even slightly opposed to writing music for more money or power, but was less forthcoming with light music; he did not like it much. All of the lighter music he wrote was never published, including these overtures. These works were good for business, but Bach was more comfortable writing church music or works featuring striking fugal challenges. This suite gave him a chance to write for transverse flute, which had just begun to be in fashion.

Other Movements from the same Work

2.Rondeau Flute solo
3.Sarabande Flute solo
4.Bourrée I and II Flute solo
5.Polonaise and Double Flute solo
7.Badinerie Flute solo
7.Badinerie Flute quartet