Bach, J.S. / Ghielmi - English Suites BWV 806-811 | RECORD STORE DAY

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English Suites BWV 806-811
Artist: Bach, J.S. / Ghielmi
Format: CD


Label: Passacaille
Rel. Date: 06/17/2022
UPC: 5425004841148

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Bach's English Suites are entitled in a way that is as strange as it is hard to explain, at least at first glance. Contrary to what one might assume, these works are more closely related to French suites than to English music. The title is taken from the inscription "Fait pour les Anglois", found on a manuscript owned by Bach's youngest son. In addition to an extensive prelude and four traditional dances - Allemande, Courante, Sarabande and Gigue - each suite also contains "gallantries", lighter dances that were fashionable at the time. In these dance movements, grace and melody play together with a compositional artistry that elevates them far beyond incidental music for courtly dances.