Capriccio on the departure of a beloved brother

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The Capriccio on the departure of a beloved brother (Italian: Capriccio sopra la lontananza del suo fratello dilettissimo), BWV 992, is an early work by Johann Sebastian Bach, possibly modeled on the Biblical Sonatas of Johann Kuhnau.[1] The story that Bach performed it at age nineteen when his brother Johann Jacob left to become an oboist in the army of Charles XII in Sweden is questionable.[2]


  1. Arioso: Adagio
  2. (Andante)
  3. Adagiosissimo (or Adagissimo)
  4. (Andante con moto)
  5. Aria di Postiglione - Allegro poco
  6. Fuga all'imitazione della cornetta di postiglione


  1. ^ David Schulenberg, The Keyboard Music of J.S. Bach, 2nd ed. (New York: Routledge, 2007), p. 86.
  2. ^ The New Bach Reader: a Life of Johann Sebastian Bach in Letters and Documents, 2nd ed., edited by Hans T. David and Arthur Mendel, revised and enlarged by Christoph Wolff (New York: W.W. Norton, 1998), p. 42.