Drew Henderson Plays BWV997 by Bach

Canadian guitarist Drew Henderson plays Prelude, Sarabande, Gigue, and Double from the Suite for Lute in C minor, BWV 997 by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750). This comes via Henderson’s excellent YouTube channel. Great playing as usual from Henderson with a balanced sense of rhythm, counterpoint, and motivic attention. This is quite a difficult suite but such a good one. The fugue is monstrous. It was likely arranged on lute- harpsichord (lautenwerk), an uncommon instrument, and so it became popularly known as a Lute Suite. Bach was familiar with lute players of the day such as Sylvius Leopold Weiss (1687–1750) and so it is not inconceivable that Bach could have imagined a lute performing the work. If you read historical letters from the Baroque you can hear about Bach and Weiss having little competitions improvising fugues (that crazy). Recommended Bach sheet music editions here.


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  1. Happy New Year. Good health and much joy surrounded by beautiful guitar playing.

    All the best from Beaconsfield (Qc)

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