Violin Sonata No. 3 in E major. BWV performed by Shunske Sato and Menno van Delft Concertgebouw, Amsterdam. Shunske Sato on. Free violin sheet music for Sonata in E Major, BWV by Johann Sebastian Bach. Bach’s six sonatas for violin and obbligato harpsichord (BWV ) are the earliest duo sonatas in the true sense of the word, where both instruments are.

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Sonata in E Major, BWV 1016

All performances at the Kennedy Center will go on as scheduled, but our public hours are curtailed. Bach’s six sonatas for violin and obbligato harpsichord BWV are the earliest duo sonatas in the true sense of the word, where both instruments bzch fully equal in importance.

Paradoxically, the contemporaries often thought of these works as trio sonatas bbwv the violin and the two hands of the keyboard produce a three-part texture. We don’t know exactly bcah the six sonatas were composed; the earliest extant manuscript source dates from aroundtwo years after Bach moved to Leipzig.

The first five sonatas follow the baroque church sonata model four movements: Tonight’s recital opens with the third sonata from the set. The ornate melody of the opening Adagio unfolds over a single bass note that remains unchanged for a long time; even later the bass changes at extremely wide intervals, creating an impression of extreme spaciousness.


The second movement is an extended three-part invention in which the opening theme is contrapuntally imitated, combined with a lively countersubject in fast bafh and taken through a succession of different keys. In the third movement is a passacaglia; that is, it is based upon a four-bar bass line that is repeated over and over again in the bass.

Unlike some other passacaglias, this one keeps changing keys, disguising the uniformity of the bass line.

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Against the recurrent bass, an expressive melodic line unfolds, alternating between the violin and the right hand of the keyboard. The ending of the Adagio is left open harmonically, leading directly into the final movement, another fast-moving three-way conversation with some fascinating rhythmic interchanges.

Although not as well known today as Bach’s unaccompanied violin works, the six obbligato sonatas are special gems in their own right. Writing inBach’s son Carl Philipp Emanuel, one of the greatest composers of his generation, counted them “among the best works of my dear departed father.


They still sound excellent and give me much bcah, although they date back more than 50 years. They contain some Adagii that could not be written in a more singable manner today. Search Search Gift Shop cart Cart.

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