Sheet Music: Prelude

from Cello Suite No. 3 in C major
Opus numberBWV 1009
ComposerJohann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyC major
Time signature4/4
Tempo80 BPM
Performance time3:20
Difficulty levelintermediate
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Date added2011-10-24
Last updated2011-10-24
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Monday 24 October 2011

Tune of the Day: Prelude by J.S. Bach

from Cello Suite No. 3, transcribed for solo flute

The Prelude of Johann Sebastian Bach's third suite for unaccompanied cello recalls the discursive improvisatory flavor of the second suite, but opens with a descending figure and a mood of bright sunshine instead of the study in tragedy and tension that the second suite undertakes from the beginning.

The piece consists of an ABAC form, with A being a scale-based movement that eventually dissolves into an energetic arpeggio part. After returning to the scale theme, the prelude ends with a powerful and surprising chord movement.

Other Movements from the same Work

1.Prelude Flute solo
2.Allemande Flute solo
3.Courante Flute solo
4.Sarabande Flute solo
5.Bourrée I and II Flute solo
6.Gigue Flute solo