Bach Masterclass: Sarabande from Suite No. 5 – Musings with Inbal Segev

Hello Cellists,

The Sarabande from Bach’s Cello Suite No. 5 in C minor, BWV 1011, makes the desert island list for many of us. I hope that this class will give you some new ideas and inspiration for practice and performance.

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 21. In part 1, the aria – “Seufzer, Tränen, Kummer, Not” – has many similarities to our sarabande.

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