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Bach, Johann Sebastian: Concerto in C Minor for String Quartet

Concerto in C Minor for String Quartet
BWV 981
Johann Sebastian Bach

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

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Johann Sebastian BachMagatagan, Mike (1960 - )
Key :C minor
Copyright :Public Domain
The concerto transcriptions of Johann Sebastian Bach date from his second period at the court in Weimar (1708–1717). Bach transcribed for organ and harpsichord a number of Italian and Italianate concertos, mainly by Antonio Vivaldi, but with others by Alessandro Marcello, Benedetto Marcello, Georg Philipp Telemann and the musically talented Prince Johann Ernst of Saxe-Weimar. It is thought that most of the transcriptions were probably made in 1713–1714. Their publication by C.F. Peters in the 1850s and by Breitkopf & Härtel in the 1890s played a decisive role in the Vivaldi revival of the twentieth century.

Bach created the Concerto for solo keyboard No. 10 in C minor (BWV 981) after Benedetto Marcello who was the better known and, more prolific of two Venetian nobles (Alessandro Marcello and Giuseppe Torelli). Bach is thought to have transcribed one work by each. But although Benedetto was thirteen years younger than Alessandro (and evidently not always on good terms with him), the two concertos transcribed by Bach are similar in many respects. Both are serious, well-crafted pieces; in addition to similarities in their motivic material, the quick movements of the two concertos reveal symmetrical architectures involving extensive use of recapitulation. The usefulness of this procedure for composing lengthy, rationally organized movements would have impressed Bach. Particularly notable are the final movements, sonata-allegros resembling the last movements of BWV 975, 977, and 980, but longer and more serious than those dance-like pieces. Bach and Walther probably did not consider the two concertos to be by different composers (if indeed they are); the manuscripts omit the first name, and Alessandro is not mentioned in the brief entry in Walther (1732; the omission was noted by Hanks 1972, 214).

This, the Concerto no. 10 in C Minor (BWV 981) is the concerto by Benedetto Marcello and was the second of a set of twelve concerti a cinque published at Venice in 1708.

Source: Wikipedia ( for_organ_and_harpsichord_(Bach))

Although originally written for Harpsichord. I created this Arrangement of the Concerto in C Minor (BWV 981) for String Quartet (2 Violins, Viola & Cello).
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