Brandenburg Concerto No.3 - 2. Adagio - Allegro

By: Johann S. Bach
For: String quartet
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Composer
Johann S. Bach
Year of composition
1721
Arranger
Difficulty
Difficult (Grades 7+)
Duration
5 minutes
Genre
Classical music
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Johann Sebastian Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No.3 in G major may have been written while Bach was at Weimar, given that it (along with Nos.1 and 6) is reminiscent of the Italian concerto, a genre with which Bach was fascinated at the time. The motoric rhythm, clear melodic outline, and motivic construction owe a lot to the comparable works of Vivaldi, but the clarified harmony and more interesting counterpoint are unmistakably Bach's. The work's two main sections, both in G major (one alla breve, the other in 12/8 time), are separated by a brief Adagio which may be realized as a short violin cadenza. The concerto is originally written for three violins, three violas, and three cellos, with bass and continuo. The relationship between the instruments is subjective to the listener; as the positioning of the parts fluctuates, it may appear that there are no soloists, that the players are all soloists, or that the violins, violas, and cellos occupy their own solo groups. The Italian concerto grosso's distinction between concertino (a small group of soloists) and ripieno (the full ensemble) becomes in Bach's hands, and especially distinctively in the Brandenburg Concerto No.3, a kaleidoscopic range of colors and shades.

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Humoresque, Op.101 No.7, I Got The Blues, I Saw Three Ships, Serenade No.10 "Gran Partita" - 3. Adagio, Orchestral Suite No.2 - 7. Badinerie, In The Bleak Mid-Winter, It Came Upon The Midnight Clear, Jerusalem (And Did Those Feet In Ancient Time), Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring, Jingle Bells, Joy To The World, Key-Stone Rag, King Cotton, L'Autunno ("Autumn") - 1. Allegro, The Blue Danube Waltzes, L'Autunno ("Autumn") - 3. Allegro, L'Estate ("Summer") - 1. Allegro non molto, L'Estate ("Summer") - 2. Adagio, Presto, L'Estate ("Summer") - 3. Presto, L'Inverno ("Winter") - 1. Allegro non molto, L'Inverno ("Winter") - 2. Largo, L'Inverno ("Winter") - 3. Allegro, La Marseillaise, Serenade No.10 "Gran Partita" - 6. Theme and variations, La Primavera ("Spring") - 1. Allegro, The Blue Danube Waltzes, The Cannon Ball Rag, Orchestral Suite No.2 - 3. Sarabande, Largo al factotum, from "The Barber of Seville", Le Coucou, Little Jesus, Sweetly Sleep, Lohengrin - The Bridal Chorus, Lullaby, Lullay My Liking, Maple Leaf Rag, The Carnival of the Animals - The Swan, Symphony No.29 - 3. Menuetto, Minute Waltz, Op.64 No.1, Mon coeur s'ouvre a ta voix, from "Samson et Dalila", O Come, All Ye Faithful (Adeste Fidelis), O come, O come, Emmanuel, O Little Town Of Bethlehem (2), O soave fanciulla, from "La boheme", The First Noel, Ode To Joy, Once in Royal David's City, The Gladiator March, Piano Sonata No.14 "Moonlight" - 2. Allegretto, Pictures at an Exhibition - Promenade, Preludes, Book 1 No.8 - The Girl With The Flaxen Hair, Radetzky March, Op.228, Roses From The South, The High School Cadets, Semper Fidelis, Sextet: Chi mi frena, from "Lucia di Lammermoor", Si. Mi chiamano Mimi, from "La boheme", Siegfried Idyll, Silent Night, Sleepy Sidney, Sonata "Pathetique" Op.13 - 1. Grave - Allegro, Brandenburg Concerto No.5 - 3. Allegro, Sonata "Pathetique" Op.13 - 2. Adagio cantabile, Sonata in A, KV 331 - 1. Andante grazioso (Theme and variations), Sonata in A, KV 331 - 2. Menuetto and Trio, Sonata in A, KV 331 - 3. Rondo "alla Turca", Song to the Moon, from "Rusalka", The Liberty Bell March, Pavane, Op.50, Song Without Words No.30 - Spring Song Op.62 No.6, Song Without Words No.45 - Scherzo Op.102 No.3, La Damnation de Faust - Rakoczy March, The Manhattan Beach March, St. Paul's Suite - 4. Finale (The Dargason), String Serenade - 2. Waltz, String Sonata No.1 - 2. Andante, Orchestral Suite No.2 - 4. Bourree I and II, The Amazon Rag, Symphony No.29 - 4. Allegro con spirito, The Stars And Stripes Forever, The Washington Post March, Trio No.1, Trio No.2, Trio No.3, Brandenburg Concerto No.5 - 1. Allegro, Souvenir d'un lieu cher, Op.42 - No.3 Melodie, Trumpet Tune, The Nutcracker - Overture, Of The Father's Love Begotten, Birthday Minuet, Morning Has Broken, Un bel di vedremo, from "Madama Butterfly", Unto Us A Child Is Born, Kinderszenen, Op.15 No.11 Furchtenmachen (Frightening), Gradual, Vissa d'arte, from "Tosca", Habanera from "Carmen", Song Without Words No.27 "Funeral March" Op.62 No.3, We Wish You A Merry Christmas, In Dulci Jubilo, Water Music Suite No.1 in F, Kinderszenen, Op.15 No.7 Traumerei (Dreaming), Espana - 2. Tango, Water Music Suite No.2 in D, Children's Corner, No.6 The Golliwog's Cake-Walk, While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks, A Midsummer Night's Dream Op.61 - Nocturne, Children's Corner, No.6 The Golliwog's Cake-Walk, Who Let The Cows Out?, A Midsummer Night's Dream Op.61 "The Wedding March", Who Let The Cows Out? - For Sax Quartet (AATB), A Midsummer Night's Dream Op.61 "The Wedding March", Wine, Women and Song, Holberg Suite - 5. Rigaudon, Holberg Suite - 4. Air, Holberg Suite - 2. Sarabande, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, Hands Across The Sea, Good King Wenceslas, God Save The Queen, El Capitan, Duet: Sous le dome epais, from "Lakme", Concerto in D minor for 2 Violins - 3. Allegro, Concerto for Two Violins "L'estro armonico" Op.3 No.8 - Movement 3, Concerto for Two Violins "L'estro armonico" Op.3 No.8 - Movement 1, Christians, Awake!, Chanson Triste, Op.40 No.2, Chanson de Matin, Capriol Suite, Canon in D, Brook Green Suite - 3. Dance, Brook Green Suite - 2. Air, Brandenburg Concerto No.2 - 3. Allegro assai, Brandenburg Concerto No.2 - 2. Andante, Bethena - A Concert Waltz, Babes in Toyland - March of the Toys, Ave Maria, Op.52 No.6, Au fond du temple saint, from "The Pearl Fishers", Anvil Chorus, from "Il Trovatore", Anvil Chorus, from "Il Trovatore", Angels We Have Heard On High, Angels From The Realms of Glory, Advance Australia Fair, A Thousand And One Nights, A Midsummer Night's Dream Op.61 - Scherzo, A Cyclone in Darktown, Orchestral Suite No.3 - 4. Bourree, Symphonie Fantastique - 2. Un Bal, Orchestral Suite No.2 - 1. Overture, Orchestral Suite No.2 - 5. Polonaise and Double, Solomon - Act III, Sinfonia "Arrival of the Queen of Sheba", Symphony No.40 - 2. Andante, Symphony No.25 - 4. Allegro, Carmen - Act 1: Prelude, The Barber of Seville - Overture, Symphony No.40 - 3. Menuetto, Slavonic Dance, Op.46 No.8 and 1812 Overture

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