Badinerie from Suite No.2 for Viola & Piano

Johann Sebastian Bach arranged by Keith Terrett
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Bach's delectable little 'Badinerie' transcribed for solo Viola & Piano in e minor. There is also a version one tone lower in d minor.

The badinerie (also spelled 'battinerie'; from French 'jesting') is best known for its designation as the final movement of Johann Sebastian Bach's Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B minor. The movement is light in mood, and is structured in a binary form; it is cast in a swift 2/4 metre beginning on the upbeat, much in the manner of a fast gavotte.

Badineries also appear in French ouvertures by Christoph Graupner and Georg Philipp Telemann, also in fast tempos and in 2/4 or alla breve metre. The presence of an upbeat is not a consistent feature; examples by Telemann include the upbeat (including one example which is essentially a gavotte), while Graupner's do not.

While the designation 'badinerie' is not common, its Italian counterpart 'scherzo' appears more frequently

Score ID
Johann Sebastian Bach arranged by Keith Terrett
Difficult (Grades 7+)
1 minute
Solo Solo Viola + piano
Classical music
Instrumental parts
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