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Lute Suite in G Minor BWV by J.S. Bach, autograph copy: Prelude, Lute Suite in G minor: Bach/Prelude (Pt 2) Lute Suite in G minor: Bach/Prelude (Pt 3) Lute. Johann Sebastian BACH. The Complete Works for Lute Solo arranged for guitar by Jean-François Delcamp. SUITE BWV Prélude, Presto. There are seven solo lute compositions that have survived: Suite in G minor ( BWV – c. ), Suite in E minor (BWV – /).

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Suite for lute in G minor, BWV 995

There are seven solo lute compositions that have survived: Suite in G minor BWV — c. John Passions as well as the St. An approximate, chronologically arranged list would look like this: Fugue in G minor BWV Suite in C minor BWV Another list including only the solo compositions for lute begins with the entirely authentic compositions and ends with those that, although still attributable to Bach at this time, nevertheless remain in a somewhat questionable category: The upper staff clefs are as follows: A general statement from the Grove Music Online Dictionary Lynda Sayce in her article on the lute — Oxford University Press, can serve as a background for this much debated topic: Here it provided support and a special coloring to the continuo group.

It should be no surprise that there are only a few compositions for lute by Bach. Indications and causes of this change were very likely the construction of substitute instruments such as the Lautenklavier also known as LautenclavierLauten WerckLautenclavecinLauten Clavicymbel — Bach owned two of these and the replacement of tablature with keyboard notation.

Suite in G minor, BWV – Wikipedia

During the 16 th and 17 th centuries leading up to the time when Bach was a resident there fromLeipzig had always had a strong lute tradition that was primarily connected with university students who went gassatim wandering the streets of Leipzig as a group of serenaders consisting of singers, wind and string instruments and lutes, the latter often singled out for special praise and provided Nachtmusiken or serenades in the streets before the homes of those of higher social standing.

Numerous manuscripts written in lute tablature in LeipzigM. The largest Leipzig collection of secular songs intablulations was prepared by a university student, J. Bude and was printed in Leipzig as a two-volume set entitled Flores musicae Numerous opportunities celebrating festivals, Leipzig fairs and city council events provided incentives for musical performances in which even amateurs participated. Tielke in the 17 th century, Leipzig also had a family of famous lute makers that existed from the late 16 th to the middle of the 17 th century M.

Only a year younger than Bach, Weissa lute virtuoso and composer at the Dresden Court, died the same year as Bach. They performed some great music etwas feines von Music several times in the home of Johann Sebastian Bach.


The connections with J.

Bach are quite interesting: Hoffmann the lute maker mentioned above both served as godfathers at the birth of J. Other contemporary lutenists with whom Bach did or could have conceivably had contact: Maximilian Nagel Suitte Straube ?

Ich…recommendire demselben hiermit nochmahligst bestens. Leipzigden LeipzigAugust 24, It is this documentary evidence that has led some experts to claim that Bach also played the lute well enough to perform his own compositions. Many others claim that this evidence by itself is insufficient to come to this conclusion. Baron does not assign any specific dates to this shift.

Philipp Spitta only mentions them in passing. These were able to answer many questions about the provenance and specific assignment euite these pieces to the lute.

The previous, well-known complete editions of these works were adaptations or arrangements made for modern lute-type instruments or guitars. The first of these appeared in Friedrich Hofmeister, Hofheim am Taunus, There are changes from the original and simplification.

A critical assessment of the sources abch missing completely and some of the references are incorrect. There are some important publications of individual lute compositions by Bach. The Provenance of Individual Lute Compositions: Bach On top of the first page Bach wrote: Suite pour la Luth par J. At the places the names of the remaining movements are indicated and after the final mvt. The watermarks place the 9955 of this composition between the fall of and the winter of There was a Josef Schuster who was active bbach a lutenist in Dresden from to Since the suitd page on which Bach wrote the dedication does not have an identifiable watermark, it is possible that Bach added it later sometime during or before his death in Another contemporary copy of this work c.

In his third editionhe finally used the autograph source. The complete facsimile of the autograph was published by Ch. The NBA published the first critical edition of this work in Praeludio — con la Svite da Gio: 95 below this title in a different and still unidentified handwriting, the following is written: This manuscript can be dated to the period from to This manuscript, which at the time belonged to Dr. Erich Prieger, Bonn, was sold in at auction.

Its present owner is unknown. A third source is a copy contained in a collection that included keyboard and organ works by Bach. The entire collection is sukte as coming from the 2 nd half of the 18 th century.

Even as late as Thurston Dart: This bacch is no longer tenable. In this source the work is given in A minor, while the first two sources are in E minor. Which instrument was intended? There is no doubt that BWV was an original composition, that is, based upon the provenance and manner of setting, there is no reason to suspect that it might have been composed for a different instrument or group of instruments.


Despite this latter designation, the NBA KB gives a number of reasons nach this work was composed for the Baroque lute specifically. Printed Editions of BWV 1. Roitzsch Peters Nouvelle Edition 3.

Franz Julius Giesbertintabulation, private printing 6. Hans Dagobert Bruger and Emund Wensiecki arrangements for a modern course bass lute or guitar. Only a few of the most important ones will be reported here. The title was added much later by C. Bach during his last period of life in Hamburg: The title page reads: Composta dal Sigre J. Many of the remaining manuscript copies are from the late 18 th or early 19 th century. There is a complicated stemma to explain all the possible relationships between the various copies.

Suite in G minor, BWV 995

There are two versions of the fugue that had to be resolved. BWVhowever, can be compared favorably as based upon its superior musical quality with another work from the same period not much earlier thanBWV Some experts have held that there originally was a 3-mvt. Some questions regarding the unusual notation irregularity in the range of notes used, etc. A very detailed and complicated discussion follows.

Bach after the death of his father. It is not mentioned in C.

It is not certain that it was included in the collection of the Three Partitas for Lute mentioned in the Breitkopf catalogues of and Philipp Spitta confirms that the autograph belonged to Henry Huth in London. Since this point in time the provenance remains quite clear: In it was purchased by Karl Vietinghoff from Berlin.

Since it has appeared at various times and places where autographs were being sold and purchased: Prelude pour la Luth. To save space writes mm. The time of composition can only be limited to the period from Bach made some additions to this copy. With the exception of bsch first mvt. Stylistically, the da-capo fugue also points to the time circa ; cf. Roitzsch revised this edition based on the autograph for the new Peters Edition.

Other editions referred to earlier are mentioned only in passing here: The only source is a copy by Johann Peter Kellner contained in a collection of manuscripts from his estate. This copy is dated based upon the other dated manuscripts in the collection. This would put the date of this copy, and very likely the date of actual composition, at the middle of the s. Wuite LautenkompositionenBach-Jahrbuch,pp. Here it was No.