The harpsichord concertos, BWV 1052-1065, are concertos
for harpsichord, strings and continuo by Johann
Sebastian Bach. Of these, there are seven complete
concertos for a single harpsichord, (BWV 1052-1058),
three concertos for 2 harpsichords (BWV 1060-1062), two
concertos for 3 harpsichords (BWV 1063-1064), and one
concerto for 4 harpsichords, (BWV 1065).
All of Bach's harpsichord concertos (with the exception
of the Brandenburg concerto) are thought to be
arrangements made from earlier concertos for melodic
instruments probably written in Köthen. In many cases,
only the harpsichord version has survived.
While the existing score is in the form of a concerto
for harpsichord and strings, Bach scholars believe it
to be a transcription of a lost double concerto in D
minor; a reconstructed arrangement of this concerto for
two violins or violin and oboe is classified as BWV
1060R. The subtle and masterful way in which the solo
instruments blend with the orchestra marks this out as
one of the most mature works of Bach's years at Köthen.
The middle movement is a cantabile for the solo
instruments with orchestral accompaniment.
Although this Concerto in C Minor was originally
written for 2 Harpsichords and orchestra, I created
this arrangement for 2 Oboes and Strings (2 Violins,
Viola, Cello & Bass).