Lesson: Prelude-Presto, Suite in E Minor, BWV 996 by Bach

Lesson: Prelude (Praeludio) and Presto from Suite in E Minor, BWV 996 by Bach

Here’s the first lesson for my edition of the Suite in E Minor, BWV 996. In this video I cover the Prelude and Presto fugue. Mainly an overview video to get some ideas flowing. Here’s the Youtube Lesson Link if you want to watch it there. Below is the edition info.

Suite in E Minor, BWV 996 by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) – PDF sheet music for classical guitar. Comes with both a notation-only edition and a tab edition. Left hand fingering. PDF Download. The overall level is advanced but certain movements are easier than others. Movements: Praeludio-Presto, Allemande, Courante, Sarabande, Bourrée, Gigue. Popularly known as a Lute Suite but possibly written for the lute-harpsichord (lautenwerk), an uncommon Baroque keyboard instrument. In terms of the manuscript, performance difficulty, key signature, and suitability, this is more similar to a keyboard composition. However, the overall lighter texture compared to his keyboard works hints at the texture capable by a lute. Nevertheless, modern guitar players have embraced the work and have found various arranging solutions for successful performance. Read more info in my Preface to this edition in both the free and fingered editions below. The Bouree is also available as a free score.

One comment

  1. I really appreciate the second camera angle. It’s great to see the hands closer up, especially the right one.

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