Sarabande, BWV 996 by Bach (Lesson, PDF)

Sarabande from Suite in E Minor, BWV 996 by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750). Performance, Lesson, Sheet Music.

Here’s the sarabande lesson for my edition of the Suite in E Minor, BWV 996. I perform the piece, and then discuss an overview of the dance and style. Here’s the Youtube Lesson Link if you want to watch it there. By the late Baroque the sarabande had become a relatively slow, ceremonious or grave, style dance. The half note pulse in 3 might feel a bit slow but there is still some very active figuration. I mainly talk about some of the rhythmic aspects of the work and the importance of working through the rhythms slowly and properly.

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.

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