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Johann Sebastian Bach: English Suites

This is the earliest of Bach’s sets of keyboard suites, probably written during his time in Weimar.
The name is mysterious and somewhat misleading, since the works have no affinity with English keyboard music: they could even be described as more French in style than the French Suites. However, a manuscript copy described the work as “fait pour les Anglais” (made for the English).
Bach’s 19th-century biographer Forkel speculated that they were commissioned by an English nobleman, others have contended that Bach was emulating the keyboard suites of Handel or Dieupart, both of whom worked in England.
On a larger scale than the their “French” equivalents, the English Suites all begin with a Prelude.


Sheet Music Downloads:

TitleASTKey Published Type Level
English Suite No. 1A Major 1731 Polyphonic, Suite 8+
English Suite No. 2A Minor 1722 Polyphonic, Suite 8+
English Suite No. 3G Minor 1722 Polyphonic, Suite 8+
English Suite No. 4F Major 1722 Polyphonic, Suite 8+
English Suite No. 5E Minor 1722 Polyphonic, Suite 8+
English Suite No. 6D Minor 1722 Polyphonic, Suite 8+



Posts in the piano forum about English Suites by Bach:

exclamation Listening to piano works by Bach while studying maths
October 03, 2008, 04:07:44 AM by presto agitato

In your opinion which work by Bach could be a good option while i study maths.

English Suites, Partitas, Goldberg Variations??

Thanks




question Managing Bach executions
December 27, 2007, 10:42:37 AM by fcracker79

Greetings,
I'm preparing for the fifth year piano exam, which requires the execution of the english suites 2 and 3, over all.
Now, I have a problem: after studying a piece, from day to day, my execution starts to be less correct, unarticulated, I mean the execution degrades...
How can I prevent this problem? It's very frustrating to restart studying a piece, moreover if you consider that you already know it but with consolidated errors.

Thanks a lot!



xx Bach English and French Suites
April 21, 2006, 07:25:40 PM by jehangircama

has anyone here played some of these pieces or heard good recordings of them. i'm planning to sight read a couple of them, which one's do you suggest? i liked the french suite 4 in e flat BWV 815(i think) how are the others?


xx The English Suites
June 21, 2004, 08:44:23 AM by Mello

I've been working on Bach's English Suites for a while and I was wondering if anyone on here plays them.

If so, which are your favorites?

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