French Suite No 2

From Wind Repertory Project
Johann Sebastian Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach (arr Koh Shishimura)

This work bears the designation BWV 813.

General Info

Year: 1722 /
Duration: c. 14:00
Difficulty: IV-1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Harpsichord
Publisher: Bravo Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $65.00


1. Allemande
2. Courante
3. Sarabande
4. Air
5. Menuet
6. Gigue

Instrumentation (Flexible)

Part 1

  • Flute
  • Oboe
  • B-flat Clarinet
  • B-flat Soprano Saxophone
  • E-flat Clarinet

Part 2

  • Oboe
  • B-flat Clarinet
  • Trumpet (optional)
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone

Part 3

  • B-flat Clarinet
  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone
  • Horn
  • Bassoon
  • Trombone (optional)
  • Euphonium

Part 4

  • B-flat Bass Clarinet
  • E-flat Baritone Saxophone
  • Bassoon
  • Tuba
  • String Bass

Part 5

  • Vibraphone
  • Triangle


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The French Suites, BWV 812–817, are six suites which Johann Sebastian Bach wrote for the clavier (harpsichord or clavichord) between the years of 1722 and 1725. Although Suites Nos. 1 to 4 are typically dated to 1722, it is possible that the first was written somewhat earlier.

The suites were later given the name 'French' (first recorded usage by Friedrich Wilhelm Marpurg in 1762). The name was popularised by Bach's biographer Johann Nikolaus Forkel, who wrote in his 1802 biography of Bach, "One usually calls them French Suites because they are written in the French manner."

There is no surviving definitive manuscript of these suites, and ornamentation varies both in type and in degree across manuscripts. This claim, however, is inaccurate: like Bach's other suites, they follow a largely Italian convention. Some of the manuscripts that have come down to us are titled "Suites Pour Le Clavecin", which is what probably led to the tradition of calling them "French" Suites.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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