Sheet Music: Prelude

from Cello Suite No. 4 in E-flat major
Opus numberBWV 1010
ComposerJohann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyE-flat major
Time signature4/4
Tempo84 BPM
Performance time4:20
Difficulty levelintermediate
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Date added2011-12-19
Last updated2011-12-19
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Monday 19 December 2011

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

from Cello Suite No. 4, transcribed for solo flute

Johann Sebastian Bach's Suite No. 4 for unaccompanied cello is known as one of the most technically demanding of the six cello suites. The Prelude primarily consists of a difficult flowing quaver movement that leaves room for three wave-like cadenzas before returning to its original theme. The composer makes use of repetitive arpeggios to build complex phrases, as he did in the first suite, but here the sense of improvisatory fantasy is stronger: the arpeggio descends in a gradual figure and varies negligibly as it explores a range of keys.

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