Johann Sebastian Bach was born in Eisenach, the capital
of the duchy of Saxe-Eisenach, in present-day Germany,
on 21 March 1685 O.S. (31 March 1685 N.S.). He was the
son of Johann Ambrosius Bach, the director of the town
musicians, and Maria Elisabeth Lämmerhirt.
Sylvius Leopold Weiss (12 October 1687 – 16 October
1750) was a German composer and lutenist. He was one of
the most important and most prolific composers of lute
music in history and one of the best-known and most
technically accomplished lutenists of his day. He was a
teacher to Philip Hyacinth, 4th Prince Lobkowicz, and
the prince's second wife Anna Wilhelmina Althan. In
later life, Weiss became a friend of Wilhelm Friedemann
Bach and met J.S. Bach through him.
Bach created this arrangement of the Lute Sonata in A
Major (SC 47) by S. L. Weiss from this major Suite.
Sylvius Leopold Weiss whose lute-playing was the glory
of the Dresden Court, was a friend of Bach's. He
visited Leipzig in 1739 occasioning a contemporary to
report that there was 'exceptionally fine'
music-making; and it may be that at this time Bach
fashioned BWV 1025 by taking one of Weiss' lute suites
and arranging it, adding an enriching extra voice in
Although originally written for Violin & continuo , I
created this Arrangement of the Suite in A Major (BWV
1025) for Oboe & Concert (Pedal) Harp.