Bach: Minuet in G MajorPiano Sheet Music to Download and Print or to View in Mobile Devices
|Johann Sebastian Bach - Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach :
Minuet, BWV 114
|Key: G Major||Published: 1725|
|Level: 2||Period: Baroque|
|Piano score: PS Urtext (26 kB)|
|Piano score: Autograph manuscript (503 kB)|
|Minuet BWV 114 - FREE SAMPLE (mp3 file)|
Bach or Petzold?Whoever composed this little Minuet, its simplicity and straightforwardness is arresting. The dancing character and the way the composer uses and varies the simple motive of the first two measures throughout the piece is also very characteristic of the Baroque era.
For countless piano students, this little minuet has functioned as a first introduction to the piano music of Bach. However, the intriguing fact is that Bach probably didn’t even compose it! Scholars seem to be more or less agreed that it is more likely to have been penned by Bach’s colleague, the organist and composer Christian Petzold (1677-1723). Anna Magdalena’s notebook functioned as a kind of musical diary, into which Bach’s wife copied pieces composed by her husband and others, sometimes without indicating authorship.
|Practice & Performance Tips:|
|The minuet is the most common dance in the Baroque period. At that time, the ladies wore a very long, puffy, heavy dress, with which they could not move too quickly. Remember that when playing minuets! Can you play them in a very charming manner and with a very steady pulse, without rushing?|
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