Sheet Music: Polonaise and Double

TitlePolonaise and Double
from Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B minor
Opus numberBWV 1067, Mvmt. 5
ComposerJohann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyB minor
Time signature3/4
Tempo60 BPM
Performance time3:05
Difficulty levelintermediate
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Date added2010-01-04
Last updated2010-01-04
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Monday 4 January 2010

Tune of the Day: Polonaise and Double

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

The polonaise is a stately, slow dance of Polish origin in 3/4 time. Its name is French for “Polish”. Often, the polonaise employed repeated rhythmic figures, as Bach does here with many dotted rhythms in each measure. The sixteenth notes in these dotted rhythms are typically played very short, so that the dotted eight notes almost sound as double-dotted.

The term “double” referred to a type of variation, usually composed mostly of embellishments. In this case however, the double is the barest movement, in terms of scoring, in the whole Suite. The double is followed by a da capo indication, and the polonaise is heard once more, this time without repeats.

The Polonaise and Double are followed by the famous Minuet and Badinerie.

Other Movements from the same Work

2.Rondeau Flute duet
2.Rondeau Flute solo
3.Sarabande Flute solo
4.Bourrée I and II Flute solo
5.Polonaise and Double Flute solo
6.Minuet in B minor Flute solo
6.Minuet in B minor Flute trio
7.Badinerie Flute solo
7.Badinerie Flute quartet