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Partitas

The six Partitas were composed between 1726 and 1730, and first published in 1731 in a collection marked Opus 1 (as this was Bach's first published opus). Suites of popular dance movements like the Allemande, Courante, Sarabande, Gigue, etc. were common and popular at the time, but Bach's auspicious 'debut' transcends everything that was so far done in this area, and has never been parallelled since, except perhaps by Bach's own French and English Suites.

The subtitle Clavichord Practice (Clavier Übung) should be understood in a musical rather than pedagogical sense, for these are works of the highest musicality and virtuosity. According to the Bach biographer J.N. Forkel, these works made a big impact on the musical scene of the time. "Never before had such excellent compositions for the clavier been seen or heard. Anyone who had learnt to perform well some pieces out of them, could make his fortune in the world thereby". The Partitas soon gained a reputation for their technical demands, and even now, they are the prerogative of only the greatest of keyboard players.

The set of Partitas were later included as part I of an even more ambitious project, the Clavier Übung (four sets of keyboard pieces for harpsichord and organ, containing besides the Partitas, the Italian Concerto, French Ouverture, Goldberg Variations, and organ works).


Partita No.1 in B-flat major, BWV.825

Complete recording by Chiara Bertoglio
1
BWV 825
Prelude
1:57
2
BWV 825
Allemande
3:09
3
BWV 825
Courante
2:43
4
BWV 825
Sarabande
5:02
5
BWV 825
Minuets I. II.
2:27
6
BWV 825
Gigue
2:46


Complete recording by Ken Sasaki.
1
BWV 825
Prelude
1:39
2
BWV 825Allemande
1:12
3
BWV 825Courante
1:24
4
BWV 825Sarabande
3:06
5
BWV 825Minuets I. & II.
2:44
6
BWV 825Gigue
2:28

Complete recording by Wui-Ming Gan.
1
BWV 825
Prelude
1:53
2
BWV 825Allemande
2:06
3
BWV 825Courante
2:05
4
BWV 825Sarabande
2:27
5
BWV 825Minuets I. & II.
2:27
6
BWV 825Gigue
1:42

 
6
BWV 825
Gigue
2:34
Rebecq, H.


Partita No.2 in C minor, BWV.826
 
1
BWV 826
Sinfonia
4:58
Weigl, P.
2
BWV 826
Allemande
4:03
Weigl, P.


Partita No.4 in D major, BWV.828


Complete recording by Gregorio Szames
1
BWV 828
Ouverture
5:47
2
BWV 828
Allemande
5:27
3
BWV 828
Courante
3:21
4
BWV 828
Aria
1:31
5
BWV 828
Sarabande
5:26
6
BWV 828
Menuett
1:28
7
BWN 828
Gigue
3:22



Partita No.5 in G major, BWV.829
 
Complete recording by Andrew Sheffield.
1BWV 829
Praeambulum02:05
2
BWV 829Allemande04:20
3
BWV 829Corrente01:46
4BWV 829Sarabande05:22
5
BWV 829Tempo di Minuetta02:25
6
BWV 829Passepied01:47
7
BWV 829Gigue04:20



2
BWV 829Allemande
2:11
Anzaldua A.
3
BWV 829Corrente
0:55
Anzaldua A.
4
BWV 829Sarabande
2:24
Anzaldua A.
5
BWV 829Tempo di Minuetta
1:14
Anzaldua A.
6
BWV 829Passepied
1:11
Anzaldua A.



Partita No.5 in G major, BWV.829

1
BWV 829
Preambulum2:38
Kopp, S.
6
BWV 829Passepied1:45
Kopp, S.


Partita No.6 in E minor, BWV.830

1
BWV 830
Toccata8:50
Carnevale, R.


Partita No.6 in E minor, BWV.830

Complete recording by Felipe Sarro
1BWV 830Toccata10:05
2
BWV 830Allemande03:43
3
BWV 830Courante05:11
4
BWV 830Air01:23
5
BWV 830Sarabande07:15
6
BWV 830Tempo di Gavotta01:56
7
BWV 830Gigue06:23