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French Suites, BWV 812-817

By Johann Sebastian Bach

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Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750). Music Sales America. Baroque. 68 pages. Edition Wilhelm Hansen #WH27252. Published by Edition Wilhelm Hansen (HL.14003113).

Item Number: HL.14003113

ISBN 8759853573. 8.5x11.75 inches.

The French Suites were written in 1722. But it was not until Bach biographer Johann Forkel prepared an edition in the early nineteenth century that the pieces became known by the collective title French. It is true that Bach gave each of the dance movements a French title, but it was Forkel who declared that they were 'written in the French taste, with an emphasis on tunefulness and consonant harmony rather than German structure and counterpoint'.

  • Suite No. 1 in D minor, BWV 812 
  • Suite No. 2 in C minor, BWV 813 
  • Suite No. 3 in B minor, BWV 814 
  • Suite No. 4 in E-flat major, BWV 815 
  • Suite No. 5 in G major, BWV 816 
  • Suite No. 6 in E major, BWV 817 
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