Historia y manuscritos de las Suites

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Historia


El manuscrito original perdido..

the original manuscript

J.S. BACH's original manuscript of the Cello Suites has not been found (yet..?). 
The only manuscript reference from J.S. Bach is the Luth version of the Suite N°5 called Pieces pour la luth à Monsieur Schouster" BWV 995

Fortunately, four manuscript 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. (the oldest)
  • 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.

4 facsimiles

A

A-M BACH

 First half of the 18th  c..

B

J-P KELLNER

First half of the 18th c.  (probably the oldest copy)

C

2 authors, mid 18th c.  referred as the Westphal copy.

D

Author unknown, end of the 18th c.

COMPARAR LOS MANUSCRITOS


SUITE N°1 EN SOL MAYOR BWV 1007

bach Suite N°1 - SOurce a

BACH SUITE N°1 - SOURCE b

BACH SUITE N°1 - SOURCE C

BACH SUITE N°1 - SOURCE d

EXTRACTOS 

courante 1

sarabande 1

menuet 1

gigue 1

SUITE N°2 EN RE MENOR BWV 1008

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BACH CELLO SUITE N°2  source a

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BACH CELLO SUITE N°2  - Source b

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BACH CELLO SUITE N°2 - Source c

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BACH CELLO SUITE N°2  - Source D

courante 2

sarabande 2

menuets 2

gigue 2

SUITE N°3 eN do MAyOR BWV 1009

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BACH CELLO SUITE N°3  SOURCE A

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BACH CELLO SUITE N°3 - SOURCE B

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BACH CELLO SUITE N°3 - SOURCE C

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BACH CELLO SUITE N°3 - SOURCE D

COURANTE 3

SARABANDE 3

BOURREE 3

GIGUE 3

SUITE N°4 eN mi bemol mayor BWV 1010

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BACH CELLO SUITE N°4 - SOURCE A

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BACH CELLO SUITE N°4 - SOURCE b

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BACH CELLO SUITE N°4 - SOURCE c


BACH CELLO SUITE N°4 - SOURCE d

SUITE N°5 eN do Mayor BWV 1011

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BACH CELLO SUITE N°5 - SOURCE a 

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BACH CELLO SUITE N°5 - SOURCE b

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BACH CELLO SUITE N°5 - SOURCE c 

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BACH CELLO SUITE N°5 - SOURCE d

ALLEMANDE 5

COURANTE 5

SARABANDE 5

GAVOTTE 5

GIGUE 5

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SUITE N°6 eN re MAyOR BWV 1012

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BACH CELLO SUITE N°6 - SOURCE a 


BACH CELLO SUITE N°6 - SOURCE B 


BACH CELLO SUITE N°6 - SOURCE C 


BACH CELLO SUITE N°6 - SOURCE D 

allemande 6

courante 6

sarabande 6

gavotte 6

gigue 6

la grabacion de las 6 suites

LISTEN...


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Berlin 1752-2018


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.

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