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English Suite No. 2 in a minor, BWV 807  Play

Janice Fehlauer Piano

Recorded on 09/16/2009, uploaded on 12/09/2009

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English Suite No. 2 in a minor, BWV 807     Johann Sebastian Bach

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