Sheet Music: Preludio

from Partita No. 3 in E major for solo violin
Alternate titlesPrelude
Opus numberBWV 1006, Mvmt. 1
ComposerJohann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyA major
Time signature3/4
Tempo126 BPM
Performance time3:20
Difficulty leveladvanced
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Date added2011-03-02
Last updated2011-03-02
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Wednesday 2 March 2011

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

from Partita in E major for solo violin

Johann Sebastian Bach's Partita No. 3 for Violin, BWV 1006, was originally written in 1720, but at some point the composer transcribed it for solo lute (a sort of “baroque guitar”), and that version is now known as BWV 1006a. In either version, the first of the six movements, simply marked “Preludio”, is undoubtedly the most famous. Bach himself also transcribed it for solo organ, oboes, trumpets and strings in the opening sinfonia of the cantata Wir danken dir, Gott, wir danken dir, BWV 29 in D major, and used it as an introduction to the second part of the cantata Herr Gott, Beherrscher aller Dinge, BWV 120a, as well. On the flute, the movement is usually played in the key of A major, and at a very fast pace (just like violinists do).

Thanks to Benita for suggesting this piece!

Other Movements from the same Work

1.Preludio Flute solo
6.Gigue Flute solo