Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750) was a German
composer and musician of the Baroque period. He
enriched established German styles through his skill in
counterpoint, harmonic and motivic organisation, and
the adaptation of rhythms, forms, and textures from
abroad, particularly from Italy and France. Bach's
compositions include the Brandenburg Concertos, the
Goldberg Variations, the Mass in B minor, two Passions,
and over three hundred cantatas of which around two
hundred survive. His music is revered for its technical
command, artistic beauty, and intellectual depth.
Bach's abilities as an organist were highly respected
during his lifetime, although he was not widely
recognized as a great composer until a revival of
interest in and performances of his music in the first
half of the 19th century. He is now generally regarded
as one of the greatest composers of all time.
The Ouverture Suite in G Minor (BWV 822), is a 6
movement Suite published soley in the New Bach Edition
(NBA) dated 1743. Bach's other early Ouverture was
unknown to the editors of the Bach-Gesellschaft Ausgabe
(BGA). In the NBA it is labelled as "a probable
arrangement of a foreign composition". It's style is
more confident than that of BWV 820, and it
incorporates more Italian features alongside French
ones. Several movements, including the opening dotted
passage, contain as convincing an imitation of
orchestral style as in any of Handel's early suites.
Yet, like BWV 820, the suite bears the hallmarks of the
young Bach and seems no more (perhaps somewhat less)
likely to be a transcription.
Although originally written for Harpsichord. I created
this Arrangement of the Ouverture from the Overture
Suite in G Minor (BWV 822 No. 1) for String Quartet (2
Violins, Viola & Cello).