Polish guitarist Marcin Dylla plays Lute Suite in E Minor, BWV 996 by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750). This comes via his fantastic YouTube channel. Great performance with a pronounce rhythmic feel and directness in the praeludio that really refreshed the piece for me. Some impressive work in the gigue as well with some tight little ornaments. It’s great to have the entire suite in one video and by such a great musician. Of course, Bach didn’t specifically write any works for the lute, at least not in practical terms. He likely composed the works on lute- harpsichord (lautenwerk), an uncommon instrument, and so they became popularly known as Lute Suites. Bach was familiar with lute players of the day such as Sylvius Leopold Weiss (1687–1750) and even arragned one of works and met with him in person on a number of occasions. So it’s not inconceivable that Bach could have imagined a lute performing the work or even loosely intended it.
Bach Lute Works from this Site
- Bach: Bouree from BWV 996, Gr. 6, Free Sheet Music or TAB
- Bach: Prelude in D minor, BWV 999, Gr.7, Sheet Music or TAB
- Bach: Prelude in E Major, BWV1006a – Free Unfingered, Fingered, or Tab.
Complete Lute Suites via Amazon