Brandenburg Concerto No.2 - 1. Allegro

Composer
Johann S. Bach
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In it's original form, Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No.2 is a concerto featuring four prominent instruments ? trumpet, recorder, oboe, and violin ? against a foundation of strings and continuo. The writing is virtuosic and brilliant; the high trumpet part, in particular, brings many fine players to grief. The work basically follows the Italian concerto grosso pattern, punctuating the solo group's music with tutti outbursts for the strings, although here the soloists are often more integrated into the musical fabric than in the Italian model. The strongly rhythmic first movement, lacking a tempo indication, deploys the soloists both as members of the overall ensemble and as out-front players, in varying combinations. The orchestra introduces an energetic eight-bar theme, then, two at a time and separated by restatements of the opening melody, the soloists jump in with their own two-bar motif. From this point on, the soloists rarely recede completely, constantly toying with their short motif and picking up fragments of the initial theme as well.

This arrangement is for standard string quartet with an optional bass part for use with string orchestra.

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Score ID
9230
Composer
Johann S. Bach
Year of composition
1717
Arranger
Difficulty
Difficult (Grades 7+)
Duration
5 minutes
Instrumentation
String quartet
Genre
Classical music
Instrumental parts
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