In their book, Dance and the Music of J.S. Bach, Meredith Little and Natalie Jenne discuss three different types of gigues. Our Gigue for today, the E-flat major from Suite No. 4, falls under the “Italian Giga type 1” category. Johann Mattheson writes that Gigues were written for fiddling, not for dancing. More on all of this in today’s masterclass!
Below is a link to my new 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!!
A recording of another, and similar gigue by Bach:
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.