Sheet Music: Bourrée anglaise

TitleBourrée anglaise
from Partita in A minor for solo flute
Alternate titlesBourée angloise
Opus numberBWV 1013, Mvmt. 4
ComposerJohann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyA minor
Time signature2/4
Tempo108 BPM
Performance time1:40
Difficulty leveladvanced
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Date added2009-08-11
Last updated2009-08-11
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Tuesday 11 August 2009

Tune of the Day: Bourrée anglaise

from J.S. Bach's Partita in A minor for solo flute

While Bach's other works for unaccompanied instruments — the Suites for solo cello and the Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin — were all informed to one degree or another by his own skill as a string instrument performer, with the flute Partita Bach was left almost entirely to his own ingenuity, as neither tradition nor personal familiarity could come into much play during the creation of such a work.

The Bourrée anglaise which closes the Partita is probably the most immediately arresting of the four movements. Judging from the many appearances of this particular subspecies of the bourrée that pop up in the music of Bach, Handel, and other composers of the time, this form was then well in vogue throughout Europe. It is built around a typical “backwards” short-short-long rhythm, set up in this case as the counterbalance for more florid running sixteenth note passages.

Other Movements from the same Work

1.Allemande Flute solo
2.Corrente Flute solo
3.Sarabande Flute solo
4.Bourrée anglaise Flute solo