Concerto for Two Violins (Bach)

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The Concerto for Two Violins in D minor, BWV 1043, also known as the Double Violin Concerto, is one of the most famous works by Johann Sebastian Bach and considered among the best examples of the work of the late Baroque period.[1][unreliable source?]

History[edit]

Bach may have written the concerto between 1717 and 1723 when he was the Kapellmeister at the court of Anhalt-Köthen, Germany,[2] though the work's surviving performance materials were created for the concert series that Bach ran as the Director of the Collegium Musicum in Leipzig and are dated c. 1730–31.[3] Later in 1739, in Leipzig, he created an arrangement for two harpsichords, transposed into C minor, BWV 1062.[2]

Structure[edit]

The concerto is characterized by the subtle yet expressive relationship between the violins throughout the work.[citation needed] In addition to the two soloists, the concerto is scored for strings and basso continuo.[citation needed] The musical structure of this piece uses fugal imitation and much counterpoint.[citation needed]

The concerto comprises three movements:[citation needed]

  1. Vivace
  2. Largo ma non tanto
  3. Allegro

Reception[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bach - Concerto in D minor for Two Violins". Classic FM. Retrieved 2018-06-12. 
  2. ^ a b Steinberg, M. The Concerto: A Listener's Guide, p. 17–19, Oxford (1998) ISBN 0-19-513931-3
  3. ^ Wolff, C. Johann Sebastian Bach: The Learned Musician, p. 357., W.W. Norton (2000) ISBN 0-393-04825-X

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