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Partita No.3 in E major BWV 1006

Johann Sebastian Bach (b. 1685 - d. 1750)

Tamsin Waley-Cohen

Tamsin Waley-Cohen

Composer
Johann Sebastian Bach (b. 1685 - d. 1750)
Composition Year
circa 1720
Work Movements
1. Preludio
2. Loure
3. Gavotte en Rondeau
4. Menuet I,II
5. Bourrée
6. Giga
Artists
Tamsin Waley-Cohen [violin]

Programme Note Writer:
© Francis Humphrys

The structure of the Partitas is similar to that of the Cello Suites, with a series of dance movements preceded by a freely expressed Prelude. The E major Partita begins with something approaching a musical explosion, a dramatic statement of intent with no let-up or pause for the next three and a half minutes of life on the high wire. The first dance is one of the rare appearances of the Loure in his music, the others being in the fifth French suite for keyboard and the C sharp minor prelude of Book I of the 48. It has a slow and majestic tempo and is heavily embellished and is a perfect contrast to the drama of the opening Prelude. The Gavotte is of course a more lively affair though still restrained beside the Prelude. The simple dance theme reappears in rondo form sandwiched between variation episodes. As so often with his solo instrumental works he makes the simplest, most earthbound seeming melodies appear glimpses of eternity. The first Minuet adopts another leisurely tempo with the characteristic clarity of rhythm and phrase so typical of the dance. The second Minuet adopts an even slower tempo without losing the easeful elegance of the well-known dance. Bach's dour Lutheran reputation does not really stand up when you examine the music. The Bourrée is altogether more lively but is gone in a flash leading directly to the final Gigue, bright and optimistic and dancing every step of the way, lifting the spirits as it passes.

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Partita No.3 in E major BWV 1006

Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach (b. 1685 - d. 1750)
Performance date: Saturday 2nd July 2016
Venue: St. Brendan's Church, Bantry, Co Cork, Ireland

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Composer Johann Sebastian Bach (b. 1685 - d. 1750)
Work Title Partita No.3 in E major BWV 1006
Composition Year circa 1720
Work Movements 1. Preludio
2. Loure
3. Gavotte en Rondeau
4. Menuet I,II
5. Bourrée
6. Giga
Artist(s) Tamsin Waley-Cohen [violin]
Performance Date Saturday 2nd July 2016
Performance Venue St. Brendan's Church, Bantry, Co Cork, Ireland
Event Coffee Concert
Duration 00:19:03
Recording Engineer Richard McCullough, RTÉ lyric fm
Instrumentation Category Solo
Instrumentation vn
Programme Note Writer © Francis Humphrys

The structure of the Partitas is similar to that of the Cello Suites, with a series of dance movements preceded by a freely expressed Prelude. The E major Partita begins with something approaching a musical explosion, a dramatic statement of intent with no let-up or pause for the next three and a half minutes of life on the high wire. The first dance is one of the rare appearances of the Loure in his music, the others being in the fifth French suite for keyboard and the C sharp minor prelude of Book I of the 48. It has a slow and majestic tempo and is heavily embellished and is a perfect contrast to the drama of the opening Prelude. The Gavotte is of course a more lively affair though still restrained beside the Prelude. The simple dance theme reappears in rondo form sandwiched between variation episodes. As so often with his solo instrumental works he makes the simplest, most earthbound seeming melodies appear glimpses of eternity. The first Minuet adopts another leisurely tempo with the characteristic clarity of rhythm and phrase so typical of the dance. The second Minuet adopts an even slower tempo without losing the easeful elegance of the well-known dance. Bach's dour Lutheran reputation does not really stand up when you examine the music. The Bourrée is altogether more lively but is gone in a flash leading directly to the final Gigue, bright and optimistic and dancing every step of the way, lifting the spirits as it passes.