Bach Masterclass: Prelude from Suite No. 1 – Musings with Inbal Segev

Hello Cellists,

The Prelude from Bach’s first cello suite is arguably the most well-known piece ever written for cello. Its simplicity and beauty are timeless. 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 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!!

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.