History and Manuscripts of the Cello Suites
about the original manuscript
Fortunately, four copies from the 18th Century survived. We often refer to each facsimile with a letter or number:
- I : By A. Magdalena Bach, first half of the 18th c.
- II : By J. Peter Kellner, first half of the 18th c.
- III: By 2 different authors, mid 18th c.
- IV: By Author unknown, from the end of the 18th c.
Because these copies differ from each other, different interpretations of the slurs can be made. As of today, we count more than 90 editions of the cello suites. The choice of bowing and articulation is an endless debate for a cellist.
SUITE N°1 EN SOL MAYOR BWV 1007
SUITE N°2 EN RE MENOR BWV 1008
SUITE N°3 eN do MAyOR BWV 1009
SUITE N°4 eN mi bemol mayor BWV 1010
SUITE N°5 eN do Mayor BWV 1011
SUITE N°6 eN re MAyOR BWV 1012
la grabacion de las 6 suites
After a long research into the origins of the violoncello and its technique, Marianne Dumas recorded the Suites on a full baroque set-up, natural accoustics, following closely the manuscripts with a technique used in Germany in the XVIIIth century: the strong beats/basses come in an up bow.