Six Suites for unaccompanied cello, BWV 1007-1012

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The Six Suites BWV 1007-1012 are as important in the cello repertoire as the Sonatas and Partitas are in the violin repertoire. They are major pieces that every cellist learns and plays. Bach composed most of them when he was Kapellmeister for Prince Leopold of Anhalt-Cöthen. Since then, they have been performed and recorded by the best cellists around the world through the centuries.

The cellists competing at the XV International Tchaikovsky Competition must perform, during the first round of the Competition, one Prelude and one Sarabande from the Suites No. 3, 4, 5 or 6.

The Six Suites for unaccompanied cello:

  • Cello Suite No. 1, BWV 1007 in G major (1720)
  • Cello Suite No. 2, BWV 1008 in D minor (1721)
  • Cello Suite No. 3, BWV 1009 in C major (1722)
  • Cello Suite No. 4, BWV 1010 in E-flat major (1723)
  • Cello Suite No. 5, BWV 1011 in C minor (1724)
  • Cello Suite No. 6, BWV 1012 in D major (1725)

About the composer

Birth date:

March 21, 1685

Death date:

July 28, 1750

Johann Sebastian Bach, one of the greatest composers in the history of music, left an incomparable work of perfection. With more than three hundred cantatas, his music commands veneration and admiration. His genius dominates…

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