Partita for Violin No. 3 (Bach)
Performed on guitar (originally composed for lute) by Gordon Rowland. Courtesy of Musopen
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- Gavotte en Rondeau
- Menuets (I and II)
It takes about 20 minutes to perform.
The entire partita was transcribed by Bach cataloged as BWV 1006a. The organist Wilhelm Tappert claimed in 1900 that this arrangement was for lute solo, but present research indicates that it was for an unspecified instrument.
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 use in two cantatas:
- the sinfonia which opens the second part of the 1729 cantata Herr Gott, Beherrscher aller Dinge, BWV 120a.
- the opening sinfonia, scored for obbligato organ, oboes, trumpets and strings, of the 1731 cantata Wir danken dir, Gott, wir danken dir, BWV 29, in D major
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).
- Titmuss, Clive, "The Myth of Bach's Lute Suites", in Classical Guitar website, accessed 27 April 2015
- Manuscript (fair copy) in Bach's hand of the Partita at the Bach Digital project
- Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin: Scores at the International Music Score Library Project (IMSLP)
- Performance by violinist Karen Gomyo from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in MP3 format
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