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Johann Sebastian Bach

Violin Sonatas BWV 1020, 1021, 1023

Editor: Hans Eppstein
Fing. vn: Kurt Guntner
Figured bass realization: Hans Eppstein

21.00 €

Urtext Edition, paperbound
with marked and unmarked string parts

Pages: 80 (VII, 33, 4, 15, 15, 7), Size 23,5 x 31,0 cm
Order no. HN 458 · ISMN 979-0-2018-0458-3

These three separately transmitted sonatas hide some attribution problems. BWV 1020 (the Sonata in g minor) is quite possibly by Bach’s son Carl Philipp Emanuel, and today is mostly played on the flute even though the sources assign it to the violin. It is interesting, however, that d1 is the lowest melodic note in the piece, which might mean that it is a flute arrangement of a violin sonata. The other two sonatas also stand on an uncertain footing in regard to their sources. On the other hand, their elegant slow movements are crafted with a melodic mastery such as is often found in Johann Sebastian Bach’s music. As long as there is no definitive evidence for attribution to another composer, we shall continue to respect the traditional attribution to “Father” Bach.

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