Violin Concerto in E major (Bach)

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Violin Concerto in E major
BWV 1042
by J. S. Bach
Composed1717 (1717)–1723
  • Violin
  • strings
  • continuo

The Violin Concerto in E major, BWV 1042, is a violin concerto by Johann Sebastian Bach. It is based on the three-movement Venetian concerto model, albeit with a few unusual features; each movement has "un-Italian characteristics".[1]

The piece has three movements:

  1. Allegro, meter of cut time, in ritornello form in E major
  2. Adagio, meter of 3
    , with a ground bass in C-sharp minor
  3. Allegro assai, meter of 3
    , with an overall structure of a rondo in E major

While there are two 18th-century scores,[2] neither is autographed; however, Bach re-used the concerto as the model for his Harpsichord Concerto in D major, BWV 1054, found in his 1737–39 autographed manuscript of these works. The concerto is thought to have been written when Bach was working for the court of Köthen or when Bach was in Leipzig.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Violin concerto in E major". All of Bach. Retrieved 16 December 2017.
  2. ^ "BWV 1042". Bach Digital. Retrieved 1 May 2013.

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