Johann Sebastian Bach was a German composer, organist,
harpsichordist, violist, and violinist whose sacred and
secular works for choir, orchestra, and solo
instruments drew together the strands of the Baroque
period and brought it to its ultimate maturity.
Although he did not introduce new forms, he enriched
the prevailing German style with a robust contrapuntal
technique, an unrivalled control of harmonic and
motivic organisation, and the adaptation of rhythms,
forms and textures from abroad, particularly from Italy
Probably dating from the Weimar Period, this work
conveys a lively tempo with its name, but the main
impression it gives is of grandeur and glory.
Bach's authorship of this work is disputed. The
existing manuscript copy (of whoever's original work)
('not a close copy of a Bach autograph"- Williams, The
Organ Music of J. S. Bach, p.194) is labeled "Allabreve
con Pedale pro Organo pleno".
Although originally written for Organ, I created this
modern interpretation of the All Breve in D Major (BWV
589) for String Quartet (2 Violins, Viola & Cello).