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Bach, J.S. : Suite 1, BWV 1007 (I : Prelude) -- Urtext
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Suite 1, BWV 1007 (I : Prelude) -- Urtext

Bach, Johann Sebastian (1685-1750)

Bach's famous and deeply moving Prelude for cello (Intermediate)!   

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Includes : One solo score (3 pages)

Difficulty level : Grade 8/12

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Program Notes on Suite 1, BWV 1007 (I : Prelude) -- Urtext by Bach, J.S. :

This beautiful Prelude is probably the most famous movement from the complete set of cello suites composed by Bach, and it has been used in numerous films.

This Prelude consists mainly of arpeggiated chords in broad waves over the four strings of the instrument, challenging the cellist's abilities in string crossings.

A long chromatic ascent in measures 37-38 leads to a culminating final cadenza in the key of G Major.

Please note that we have added obviously missing legato slurs in measures 3 (first beat), 8-14-20 (third beat) and 24 (first and second beats).

Sources :

Johann Sebastian Bach, Six Suites for Violoncello Solo, BWV 1007-1012 (ca 1720)

Associated collections :

Baroque Music for Cello Solo (Intermediate)    

Sheet music details :


(I : Prélude - Prelude from Suite for Unaccompanied Cello)
ComposerBach, Johann Sebastian (1685-1750) Opus/catalog numberBWV 1007 (I)
MovementsI : Prélude Composition/First publicationca 1720
InstrumentationCello solo StyleBaroque (1600-1750)
KeyG Major Duration02:00
EditionUrtext (ed. M.A. Caux) DifficultyGrade 8/12

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