Johann Sebastian Bach

About Johann Sebastian Bach's Sinfonias

In the original title to these works, the composer called them “A faithful guide, whereby admirers of the harpsichord are shown a plain method of learning not only to play clean in two Parts, but likewise in further Progress to manage three obbligato Parts well and correctly, and at the same time not merely how to get good Inventions, but also how to develop the same well; but above all, to obtain a cantabile style of playing, and together with this to get a strong foretaste of composition."
Bach used them in his teaching as a first step on the way to playing more complex contrapuntal works, such as the Well-Tempered Clavier.
Both the two-part Inventions and the three-part Sinfonias are arranged in order of ascending key, each group covering fifteen major and minor keys.

Preview TitleKey Year Level
Sinfonia 1 BWV 787  in C Major by Bach piano sheet music AAB Sinfonia 1 BWV 7871 C Major 1723 6
Sinfonia 2 BWV 788  in C Minor by Bach piano sheet music AAC Sinfonia 2 BWV 7882 C Minor 1723 6
Sinfonia 3 BWV 789  in D Major by Bach piano sheet music AAD Sinfonia 3 BWV 7897 D Major 1723 6
Sinfonia 4 BWV 790  in D Minor by Bach piano sheet music AAE Sinfonia 4 BWV 7908 D Minor 1723 6
Sinfonia 5 BWV 791  in E-flat Major by Bach piano sheet music AAF Sinfonia 5 BWV 79111 E-flat Major 1723 6
Sinfonia 6 BWV 792  in E Major by Bach piano sheet music AAG Sinfonia 6 BWV 79213 E Major 1723 6
Sinfonia 7 BWV 793  in E Minor by Bach piano sheet music AAH Sinfonia 7 BWV 79314 E Minor 1723 6
Sinfonia 8 BWV 794  in F Major by Bach piano sheet music AAI Sinfonia 8 BWV 79417 F Major 1723 6
Sinfonia 9 BWV 795  in F Minor by Bach piano sheet music AAJ Sinfonia 9 BWV 79518 F Minor 1723 6
Sinfonia 10 BWV 796  in G Major by Bach piano sheet music AAK Sinfonia 10 BWV 79623 G Major 1723 6
Sinfonia 11 BWV 797  in G Minor by Bach piano sheet music AAL Sinfonia 11 BWV 79724 G Minor 1723 7
Sinfonia 12 BWV 798  in A Major by Bach piano sheet music AAM Sinfonia 12 BWV 79829 A Major 1723 7
Sinfonia 13 BWV 799  in A Minor by Bach piano sheet music AAN Sinfonia 13 BWV 79930 A Minor 1723 7
Sinfonia 14 BWV 800  in B-flat Major by Bach piano sheet music AAO Sinfonia 14 BWV 80033 B-flat Major 1723 7
Sinfonia 15 BWV 801  in B Minor by Bach piano sheet music AAP Sinfonia 15 BWV 80136 B Minor 1723 7

Forum posts about the Sinfonias by Johann Sebastian Bach

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