Bach Masterclass: Prelude from Suite No. 6 – Musings with Inbal Segev

Hello Cellists,

Here is another Bach musings episode, this time I am discussing the Prelude from Bach’s Cello Suite No. 6 in D major, BWV 1012. I hope those of you who are learning this piece will find this video helpful in taking your performance to the next level.

Below is a short listening and reading list with helpful links for studying the Bach Cello Suites. Please let me know if you have any comments and/or questions, I would love to hear from you. Thank you for watching!!


Listen to cantata BWV 50 to find parallels with our prelude.

Download the most important sources we have of the suites right here for free

Allen Winold’s book: Bach’s Cello Suites: Analyses and Explorations

“The Fencing Master” and the sequel, “Bach and the Happy Few,” are both must reads if I may say so, written by THE baroque cellist of our time, Anner Bylsma. Available here.

Another must-have is Barenreiter’s urtext edition, which contains facsimiles of the manuscript copies in the hand of Anna Magdalena Bach, Johann Peter Kellner, as well as the Westphal library manuscript (anonymous copiers), first editions, and more. Available here.

4 Replies to “Bach Masterclass: Prelude from Suite No. 6 – Musings with Inbal Segev”

  1. Dear Inbal Segev,
    Warm greetings from Waterloo, Canada. First of all, such indelibly happy memories of your two memorable recitals at Jan Narveson’s KW Chamber Music Society a number of years back. Thank you! You must come back! As a committed amateur cellist who works on the incomparable Bach suites every day in my modest way, I find your analyses of the suites so enlightening musically. My own Bach Suite musical “road map” for the past while has been Pierre Fournier’s edition of the suites ( a cellist circumstances happily allowed me to hear in person several times!). Very interesting to compare your wonderfully convincing response to the suites with his. Please continue to give us cellists the benefit of your exceptional talent and musicality in your “musings”. Thank you again for sharing your great gift and talent.

    1. Dear Ryan,

      Thank you for your e-mail and for your feedback! I loved performing at Jan Narveson’s that was a long time ago and I should write to him and say hello.

      I will be posting a few new vlogs very soon. Beethoven and more Bach so please stay tuned.

      Thanks again,

      Inbal Segev

  2. The second performer, cellist Hamilton Berry, played the Prelude and Allemande from Bach’s Cello Suite No. 6 on a modern cello, with steel strings and an end-pin.

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