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Harpsichord Concerto No.3 in D major

COMPOSER: Johann Sebastian Bach
PUBLISHER: Bärenreiter-Verlag
PRODUCT TYPE: Part
INSTRUMENT GROUP: Harpsichord
In early 1729 Bach became director of the so-called »Scottish Collegium Musician« a music organization of students and local citizens. The remarkable results of this undertaking are the concertos for harpsichord. Today it isalmost certain that practically all of these concertos were transcribed from
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Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Publisher Bärenreiter-Verlag
Instrumentation Harpsichord and Strings
Product Type Part
Instrument Group Harpsichord
Style Period Baroque
ISMN 9790006506439
Style Period Baroque
Series Bärenreiter Urtext
No. BA5226-82
Part {Instrument} Cello / Bass
Description

In early 1729 Bach became director of the so-called »Scottish Collegium Musician« a music organization of students and local citizens. The remarkable results of this undertaking are the concertos for harpsichord. Today it isalmost certain that practically all of these concertos were transcribed from concertos for melody instruments (mostly violin or oboe).

The D-major Concerto, BWV 1054, originated as a transcription of Bach’s Violin Concertoin E major, BWV 1042. The principal source for our edition is the autograph score of Bach’s harpsichord concertos preserved in the Berlin Staatsbibliothek (Mus. ms. Bach P 234), where BWV 1054 forms the third item. Toaccommodatethe upper limit of the harpsichord keyboard, Bach decided to transpose the piece down a whole tone, which allowed him to retain the frequently occurring peak pitch e3 without altering the melodic line.

The D-major Concertoowes its popularity to the clear and straightforward formal design of its movements no less than its overall mood of relaxed merriment. This mood also finds expression in Bach’s choice of the rondo form for the final movement, aform otherwise seldom encountered in his concertos.

  • Urtext of the New Bach Edition
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