Sheet Music: Sarabande

from Cello Suite No. 1 in G major
Opus numberBWV 1007, Mvmt. 4
ComposerJohann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyG major
Time signature3/4
Tempo40 BPM
Performance time2:25
Difficulty levelintermediate
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Date added2009-09-18
Last updated2009-09-18
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Baroque, Etudes, Sarabandes


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Friday 18 September 2009

Tune of the Day: Sarabande

from Cello Suite No. 1 in G major by J.S. Bach

In the fixed structure of Bach's Cello Suites, the fourth movement of each suite is always a sarabande. This triple meter dance originated during the sixteenth century as a wildly exuberant dance song in Latin America, before becoming one of the most popular dances of the Baroque.

Initially a light, cheerful dance of moderately quick tempo, the sarabande went through many changes during the Baroque period. The late seventeenth-century form, used extensively in France and Germany, was much slower, more deliberate, and serious, with a heavy accent on the second pulse of the measure. Composers often provided heavy written-out embellishments for this slow sarabande.

Other Movements from the same Work

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