J.S. Bach: Orchestral Suite No. 2 In B minor, BWV 1067 arranged for piano duet by Eleonor Bindman (GPC084)
This is the sheet music edition of a new arrangement of the Bach Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B minor, BWV 1067, by Eleonor Bindman.
Orchestral Suite No. 2 In B minor, BWV 1067
The arresting mood of the opening dotted rhythms builds on the B minor sonority and the subsequent busy fugal writing is infused with rhythmic complexities. This is all a far cry from the more traditional French manner of the Suite No. 1 Ouverture.
II. Rondeau. III. Sarabande
Energy levels reduce as the Rondeau, with its prominent up-beat and gentle swooping melody is followed by an almost reminiscent, slow and lovingly crafted Sarabande.
IV. Bourrée I – II
There is repressed excitement in the quicker beat of these two dances, but the music is nevertheless solidly grounded. Bourrée II features solo flute decoration before Bourrée I returns.
V. Polonaise – Double. VI. Menuet
The steady quaver tread of the Polonaise is balanced by flute solo decorations in the Double. The Polonaise then returns. The following Menuet adopts a similar three-in-a-bar and complements the previous Polonaise in mood.
This famous movement, featuring flute solo virtuosity, combines drama and joyful ebullience in equal measure.
Text: Rodney Smith