Recorded on 09/16/2009, uploaded on 12/09/2009
Musician's or Publisher's Notes
Prelude; Allemande; Courante; Sarabande; Bourrées I & II; Gigue
Johann Sebastian Bach composed six
English Suites relatively early in his career, probably when he was living in
Weimar around 1715. The suites are all
based on stylized Baroque dance forms, but they are certainly not English; this
misnomer may have been created by an early Bach biographer who claimed that the
suites were written for an English nobleman.
Evidence suggests, however, that the suites were composed by Bach for
use by his students, and for his own performances. When he was living in Leipzig just a few years later, one of Bach's
favorite secular performance venues was Zimmerman's coffee house; he is known
to have entertained his friends there with keyboard performances, and it is
likely that he played some of the English Suites there as well. Janice Fehlauer
Courtesy of International Music Foundation.
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