Bach: Six Sonatas for Violin and PianoECM
Johann Sebastian Bach began work on his six sonatas for violin and harpsichord (BWV 1014-19) while at the courts of Weimar and Köthen and returned to the compositions over several decades, revising and polishing until the years before his death. C.P.E. Bach would later pronounce the pieces "among the best works of my dear father." Prefiguring the classic duo sonata, violin and keyboard meet on equal terms in this music, and both are challenged by Bach's compositional demands. The group of sonatas was conceived as a set – six sonatas in six keys, three major and three minor. Bach's first biographer Forkel wrote that the six sonatas "may be reckoned among Bach's masterpieces in this genre. They are fugued throughout, and even contain characterful natural canons in dialogue between the two instruments. A master is required to play the violin part, for Bach knew the possibilities of that instrument and spared it as little as he did the harpsichord."
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