Bach Masterclass: Allemande from Suite No. 4 – Musings with Inbal Segev

Hello Cellists,

Here is another Bach masterclass, this time discussing the Allemande from Bach’s Cello Suite No. 4 in E-flat major, BWV 1010. 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 list followed by 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!!



Keyboardist Gustav Leonhardt’s interpretation of Cello Suite No. 4 in E-flat Major, BWV 1010, and Lute Suite in G minor, BWV 995

Keyboardist Gustav Leonhardt’s interpretation of the Prelude from Cello Suite No. 4 in E-flat Major, BWV 1010

Pianist Andras Schiff playing the French Suite No. 4 in E-flat major, BWV 815

List of other works that you should know…

Le Parnasse Musical by Johann Caspar Ferdinand Fischer

Ton Koopman playing the Allemand from Bach’s Partita for keyboard No. 6, MWV 830 (remind anyone of the Allemande from Cello Suite No. 5?)

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.