With contrasts between darkness and light, today’s masterclass is on the Gigue from Bach’s Suite No. 1. It is full of details, but don’t be overwhelmed! I’ll show you the focal points and how to shape the circle of fifths and stepwise motion.
Below is a link to my Bach album and a short 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!!
My Bach Cello Suites album:
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.
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.