Bach Masterclass: Prelude from Suite No. 2 – Musings with Inbal Segev

Hello Cellists,

The prelude from Bach’s Cello Suite No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1008 has characteristics of a Sarabande. In this video, I point out diminished 7th chords, agogic accents, hemiolas, phrasing, and sequences to help bring out the beauty of this movement.

Below is a short reading list and 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 copy of the D minor Prelude, with bowings and fingerings:

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

“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

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