Johann Sebastian Bach - Cello Suite VI, BWV 1012
Arranged for Guitar by Jeffrey Goodman
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á Violoncello Solo senza Basso are thought to have been composed during
1717-1723, when Bach served as Kapellmeister in Köthen. Although no manuscript in Bach’s own hand
has survived, there is a manuscript in the hand of Bach’s second wife Anna
Magdalena Bach. This is the historical
source from which this arrangement has been made.
VI, BWV 1012, is in the key of D major, and this arrangement keeps the original
key. I have also decided to arrange
each of the movements using a low D tuning of the 6th string. This adds a rich sonority, and by extending
the bass range, allows for a more authentic rendering of melodic lines, and also
preserves much of the original voicing of chords.
All of the
music is richly notated with guitar fingerings and positions. Although there is no one way to play or
finger this music, players can use this edition as a launching point for their
own fingerings and interpretations.