The "Concerto I" in A minor, BWV 1041, was composed by
Johann Sebastian Bach as a Violin Concerto. It is
unknown exactly when the work was composed, but copies
dated 1730 suggest it may have been composed later than
the other two concertos for violin, perhaps during
Bach's time as director of the Collegium Musicum in
The piece has three movements:
1. Allegro moderato
2. Andante — with an ostinato style theme
3. Allegro assai
The motifs of the theme of the Allegro moderato appear
in changing combinations and are separated and
intensified throughout the movement.
In the Andante Bach uses an insistent pattern in the
bass part that is repeated constantly in the movement.
He focuses the variation in the harmonic relations.
In the final movement Bach relies on bariolage figures
to generate striking acoustic effects.
The piece is a baroque concerto which is in ritornello
form. This means that there is a main section that
comes back in fragments in both the solo and orchestral
parts. This 'ritornello' can be found in the first
movement up until bar 24.
Although this piece was originally written for String
Orchestra, I arranged it for Saxophone Quintet
(Soprano, 2 Alto, Tenor and Baritone Saxophones).