Bach – Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B Flat BWV1051 (1)

JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH (1685-1750) Brandenburg concerto no. 6 for two viola da braccio, two viola da gamba, cello, violone and harpsichord 1. […] 2. Adagio, ma non tanto Performed by Concerto Italiano Conducted by Rinaldo Alessandrini *Winner of the Grammaphone editor’s Choice award, and the 2006 Grammaphone award for best baroque intrumental recording Musicologists aren’t entirely sure why Bach decided to write in two viola da gamba which are not entirely vital to the structure of the piece. It’s possible they were added because Prince Leopold, Bach’s patron at Cothen, was a player of the instrument and liked to take part in musical performances. This may also be why the part is not particularily complicated. 😉 Note: viola da braccio is exactly the same as the regular viola. Bach wrote “da braccio” (of the arm) to differentiate between it and the viola da gamba which is a member of a completely different family of instruments.

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JS Bach – Brandenburg Concerto no. 6 in B flat BWV 1051 – Mvt. 3 Allegro

I organised a little group to play this wonderful piece by JS Bach on the 29th June 2011 in the Westminster School Ensembles Concert. I am playing 1st viola. I decided to have 1 viola and 1 cello to cover the Viola da Gamba parts so that the sound balanced out nicely. I’m very grateful to all my performers as we put this together in such a short time (only about 3 weeks) and had limited rehearsals due to public exams, other music rehearsals and school trips and I’m really happy with how it turned out. Many thanks to them! I hope you enjoy this performance.