Here is another Bach musings episode, this time I am discussing the two Minuets from Bach’s Cello Suite No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1008. Although they are short and seem simple, there is a lot to discover here; hidden hemiolas and controversial notes and slurs. 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!!
“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