Sheet Music: Bourrée I and II

TitleBourrée I and II
from English Suite No. 2 in A minor
Opus numberBWV 807
ComposerJohann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyA minor
Time signature2/2
Tempo88 BPM
Performance time4:55
Difficulty leveladvanced
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Date added2011-06-20
Last updated2011-06-20
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Monday 20 June 2011

Tune of the Day: Two Bourrées by J.S. Bach

from English Suite No. 2

Probably written around 1715, the six English Suites for harpsichord are generally thought to be the earliest of Johann Sebastian Bach's 19 suites for keyboard.

This pair of bourrées, very fast dances in 2/2 time, is taken from Suite No. 2. The first bourrée features long runs of eighth notes and wild modulations, while the second bourrée has a more ceremonial air and breaks into the major mode.

Thanks to Sigrid for suggesting this piece!