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BACH - STARR; Overture in the French Style, BWV 831, for Baroque orchestra (from the Partita in B minor for 2-manual harpsichord)

Johann Sebastian Bach
Year of composition
Difficult (Grades 7+)
12 minutes
Classical music
Instrumental parts
Not available

The Overture in the French Style is the colossal first movement of the Partita in B minor, BWV 831. Originally composed by Bach for a 2-manual harpsichord, I have arranged this French overture for Baroque orchestra – that is, for oboe, oboe d’amore, English horn, 2 bassons, strings and harpsichord continuo. For those interested in the background of this magnificent work and why I have orchestrated it in this manner, please read my essay on pages 2 & 3. These pages are accessible with Scorch’s page arrows.

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