Home > String orchestra > BACH - STARR; Capriccio sopra la lontananza del suo fratello dilettissimo, for Baroque orchestra; 1 of 6. Arioso

The Arioso is the first movement in Johann Sebastian Bach’s 6-movement suite entitled Capriccio sopra la lontananza del suo fratello diletissimo (Capriccio on the Departure of his Most Beloved Brother.) The Capriccio was originally composed for harpsichord by Bach around 1704, when he was 19. I have orchestrated this unique example of program music in Bach’s oeuvre. I have employed an orchestral ensemble that Bach used in some of his works for orchestra: strings with a harpsichord continuo. In the 5th movement I introduce a solo instrument – a posthorn (or, more practically, a piccolo trumpet in B-flat, as a substitute.) Browsers who might be interested to know more about the background of this unique work can read my introductory essay – which can be located on page 2 by using Scorch’s page arrows.

To listen to all six movements in order, just jump down to the bottom of the page after each movement finished. You will find a box labeled Associated Scores, and in this box are links to the succeeding movements.

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