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(1685 - 1750)
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Bach, Johann Sebastian: Sonata III in D Minor for String Trio

Sonata III in D Minor for String Trio
BWV 527
Johann Sebastian Bach

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Composer :Johann Sebastian BachBach, Johann Sebastian (1685 - 1750)
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String trio

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Johann Sebastian BachMagatagan, Mike (1960 - )
Copyright :Public Domain
Few composers in history have exerted such extraordinary and far-reaching influence on music as Johann Sebastian Bach. But while many audiences know and enjoy the “Brandenburg” Concertos, B-Minor Mass, Well-Tempered Clavier, and other prevalent works, not everyone is similarly acquainted with Bach’s vast output for the organ. Some of his most important compositions were written for that instrument, and becoming more familiar with them can only intensify our fervor for the great composer.

The Trio Sonatas (BWVs 525-530) were written for the organ or pedal clavichord (a practice instrument for organists), these sonatas require the right and left hands to play independently melodic lines on separate keyboards, while the feet play the basso continuo. According to Jacobs, “The organ sonatas are disarmingly attractive and immediately appealing to the listener, though they pose ferocious interpretive and technical demands for the player.” A significant challenge of performing these works is one of sheer coordination: playing three lines of music on two keyboards and pedal with all four limbs. “There isn’t much for the performer to cling on to,” Jacobs said. “It’s a little like walking on eggshells.” By contrast, in other weightier organ and keyboard works, Bach sometimes employs thicker four- or five-part counterpoint, offering a more idiomatically conceived keyboard texture.

Portions of this work pop up again in Bach's Triple Concerto (for flute, violin, harpsichord, and strings) as well as in arrangements by Mozart for string trio. The opening Andante begins with a spidery eight-bar theme in the upper register with, by the standards of these trio sonatas, a rather rudimentary pedal accompaniment. Soon a second melodic line arrives in imitation of the first, thereby establishing the work's credentials as a trio sonata (two melody lines plus accompaniment). The central Adagio e dolce shifts to F major for a measured, reserved yet uncloyingly sweet movement that may have influenced Mozart's later music for glass harmonica. The final Vivace, back in D minor, again offers two upper voices in imitation, now with a more elaborate pedal accompaniment in a deft triplet rhythm.

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Sheet central :Sonate en trio No.3 en ré mineur (6 sheet music)
Added by magataganm the 2016-06-08

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