Partita for Violin No. 3 (Bach)
- Gavotte en Rondeau
- Menuets (I and II)
It takes approximately 20 minutes to perform.
The most commonly found recordings are usually of the Preludio. The Preludio demands advanced bowing technique and consists almost entirely of semiquavers (i.e. sixteenth notes). The Preludio was also transcribed by Bach 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 was used as an introduction to the second part of the cantata Herr Gott, Beherrscher aller Dinge, BWV 120a.
The "Gavotte en Rondeau" is famously included on the Voyager Golden Record and often heard in TV or radio programs.
In 1933 Sergei Rachmaninoff transcribed for piano (and subsequently recorded) the Preludio, Gavotte, and Giga from this partita (as TN 111/1).
Performed on guitar (originally composed for lute) by Gordon Rowland. Courtesy of Musopen
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- Sonatas and partitas for solo violin
- Gott, man lobet dich in der Stille, BWV 120
- Wir danken dir, Gott, wir danken dir, BWV 29
- Koonce, Frank. Johann Sebastian Bach – The Solo Lute Works. Kjos West.
- Manuscript (fair copy) in Bach's hand of the Partita at the Bach Digital project
- Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin: Free scores at the International Music Score Library Project
- Performance by violinist Karen Gomyo from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in MP3 format
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