Bach cello seshes, part 4

The next movement in the Cello Suite No. 1 by Bach is the “Sarabande.” It is supposed to be a stately dance in three (although, it originated in Mexico and Spain as a wild, fast and exotic dance–and subsequently banned by authorities).

Here is a brief video of how a sarabande (this one by French baroque composer, Charles Dieupart) might have been danced:

Unfortunately, I can’t dance (at least while playing the trumpet). So, here is my music-only version of Bach’s Sarabande. Wide slurs, as in all the movements of this suite, are the main technical challenges. Trills should be done from the upper note (starting on the beat, not before).


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