Bach cello seshes, part 6: the Gigue is up

This practice wraps up my exploration of the Bach Cello Suite No. 1, arranged by Ralph Sauer for trumpet. It is the “gigue.” A gigue is a baroque dance that originated in England as a dance of the commoners, the “jig.” It was almost always in compound time (three subdivisions of the beat). For me, the great thing about Bach’s Gigue is his use of wonderful sequences that explore harmonic side-journeys. This last movement of the first suite actually plays more like trumpet music, so it is more natural to play in many ways, even though there are some tricky moments.


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