6 Cello Suites, BWV 1007-1012 (Bach, Johann Sebastian)

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Generoso (2007/6/5)

Copyist Anna Magdalena Bach (1701–1760)
Publisher. Info. Manuscript, n.d.(ca.1720-60).
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Misc. Notes D B Mus. ms. Bach P 269. Copied by A.M. Bach who died in 1760.
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Feduol (2014/5/21)

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Andrewt (2010/8/21)

Copyist Johann Peter Kellner
Publisher. Info. Manuscript, n.d.(ca.1726).
Reprinted Kassel: Bärenreiter, No.5215/5216, 2000.
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Misc. Notes Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin (D-B): Mus.ms. Bach P 804 (pp.249-76).
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Feduol (2014/5/27)

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Andrewt (2010/8/21)

Copyist Anonymous (2 persons)
Publisher. Info. Manuscript, n.d.(ca.1750-99).
Reprinted Kassel: Bärenreiter, No.5215/5216, 2000.
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Misc. Notes Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin (D-B): Mus.ms. Bach P 289 (pp.71-112).
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Andrewt (2010/8/21)

Copyist Anonymous
Publisher. Info. Manuscript, n.d.(ca.1775-1800).
Reprinted Kassel: Bärenreiter, No.5215/5216, 2000.
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Andrewt (2010/8/21)

Editor Louis-Pierre Norblin (1781-1854)
First edition
Publisher. Info. Paris: Janet et Cotelle, n.d.(ca.1824). Plate 1497
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MTL-David (2017/3/8)

Publisher. Info. Leipzig: H.A. Probst, n.d.[1825]. Plate 165
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Misc. Notes This score is part of the Wallenberg Collection, kept at The Music and Theatre Library of Sweden
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Generoso (2012/10/21)

Editor Friedrich Dotzauer (1783-1860)
Publisher. Info. Leipzig: Breitkopf und Härtel, n.d.(ca.1826). Plate 4346.
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Generoso (2011/2/26)

Editor Friedrich Grützmacher (1832-1903)
Publisher. Info. Leipzig: C.F. Peters, No.238a, n.d.[1866]. Plate 4962.
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Misc. Notes This edition is much more academic, based on manuscripts.
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YuriyLcello (2011/7/1)

Editor Friedrich Grützmacher (1832-1903)
Publisher. Info. Leipzig: C.F. Peters, No.238b, n.d.[1866]. Plate 4546.
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Misc. Notes Heavily edited (arranged) and reharmonized. 6th Suite is transposed to G major.
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ValeriyaSholokh... (2007/8/21)

Editor Alfred Dörffel (1821-1905)
Publisher. Info. Bach-Gesellschaft Ausgabe, Band 27.1 (pp.59-94)
Leipzig: Breitkopf und Härtel, 1879. Plate B.W. XXVII (1).
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Generoso (2011/7/9)

Editor Friedrich Dotzauer (1783-1860)
Publisher. Info. Leipzig: Breitkopf und Härtel, n.d.(ca.1880). Plate V.A. 1236.
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Misc. Notes Revised reissue (new engraving) of Dotzauer edition
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Carolus (2009/8/13)

Editor Julius Klengel (1859-1933)
Publisher. Info. Leipzig: Breitkopf und Härtel, n.d.(ca.1900). Plate 22879.
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Generoso (2011/7/9)

Editor Robert Hausmann (1852–1909)
Engraver Leipzig: F.W. Garbrecht.
Publisher. Info. Leipzig: Steingräber Verlag, n.d.[1898]. Plate 882.
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Generoso (2010/7/10)

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Generoso (2010/7/10)

Editor Hugo Becker (1863-1941)
Publisher. Info. Leipzig: C.F. Peters, No.238, n.d.(ca.1911). Plate 9148.
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Generoso (2011/6/16)

Editor Fernand Pollain (1879–1955)
Publisher. Info. Paris: A. Durand & fils, 1918. Plate D. & F. 9546.
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Coulonnus (2011/9/11)

Editor Werner Icking (1943-2001)
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Shin-Itchiro (2013/1/30)

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Shin-Itchiro (2013/1/30)

Editor Shin-Itchiro Yokoyama
Publisher. Info. YOKOYAMA Shin-Itchiro's Sheet Music Library
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Misc. Notes This edition without slurs was edited based on the manuscripts of Johann Peter Kellner and Anna Magdalena Bach. Normal notation version of 5th suite and transposed version (in G major) of 6th suite are included. See also Bach's Cello Suites, Editor's Notes
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Arrangements and Transcriptions

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For Cello or Viola and Piano (Stade)

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Generoso (2012/7/12)

Arranger Friedrich Wilhelm Stade (1817–1902)
Revised version
Publisher. Info. Leipzig: Gustav Heinze, n.d.
Reprinted Leipzig: Edition Peters, n.d. Plate 7311.
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Misc. Notes The title page reference to Robert Schumann is due to the fact that Schumann's arrangement used Dotzauer's edition as its source. Stade's revised arrangement incorporated features from the Dotzauer and Grützmacher editions, while the original version is mainly based on Norblin's edition from ca.1824.
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For Cello and Piano (Grädener)

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Generoso (2012/7/12)

Arranger Carl Georg Peter Grädener (1812-1883)
Publisher. Info. Hamburg: H. Pohle, [1871]. Plate H.P.19. 115.
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For Violin Solo (David)

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Generoso (2012/10/13)

Arranger Ferdinand David (1810-1873)
Publisher. Info. Leipzig: Gustav Heinze, n.d.(ca.1866). Plate G. 114 H.
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Misc. Notes The solo cello suites arranged for violin, as preparatory studies for Bach's solo violin works. Some passages, especially arpeggiated sections, are rewritten, and suites 1-5 are transposed up a fifth. [Note that annotations referring to Bach's original notes give the cello version]. This arrangement appeared at almost the same time as Grützmacher's version for concert performance. Many of the alterations to notes (such as the opening bars of the prelude to the first suite) are common to David and Grützmacher. David's source is almost certainly the edition published by Heinrich Probst in 1825, itself a re-engraving of the first published edition, that by Janet et Cotelle (Paris, 1824), but David must also have access to another source, as he does not repeat the egregious errors of the Probst or Cotelle texts.
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For Violin Solo (Ebner)

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RTM (2011/10/5)

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RTM (2011/10/5)

Arranger Josef Ebner (fl.1903-1921)
Publisher. Info. Leipzig/Zürich: Gebrüder Hug, n.d.(ca.1913). Plate G.H. 5151.
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For Violin solo (Icking)

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Coulonnus (2011/9/11)

Arranger Werner Icking (1943-2001)
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For Viola solo (Icking)

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For Viola solo (Spindler)

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Zelenka (2009/3/9)

Arranger Fritz Spindler (1817-1905)
Publisher. Info. Moscow: Muzgiz, 1962. Plate 29137.
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Misc. Notes It seems to be a reissue of Hofmeister Edition. Spindler was a Viola player in Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig. -- when was the Hofmeister edition published? Worldcat turns up nothing more recent than 1953- did Spindler leave his arrangement in manuscript?
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For Viola solo (Yokoyama)

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Shin-Itchiro (2013/2/5)

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Shin-Itchiro (2013/2/5)

Arranger Shin-Itchiro Yokoyama
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Misc. Notes This edition without slurs was edited based on the manuscripts of Johann Peter Kellner and Anna Magdalena Bach. Normal notation version of 5th suite and transposed version (in G major) of 6th suite are included.
See also the blog: Bach's Cello Suites, Editor's Notes
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Selections

For Bass recorder (Perry)

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Reccmo (2012/5/18)

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Reccmo (2012/5/18)

Arranger Philip Perry
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Misc. Notes 7 selections (#220993), 9 selections (#220994)
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For Ukulele (Preece)

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Tepreece (2015/8/2)

Arranger Thomas Preece
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General Information

Work Title 6 Cello Suites
Alternative. Title
Composer Bach, Johann Sebastian
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. BWV 1007-1012
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 6 pieces
  1. Cello Suite No.1 in G major, BWV 1007
  2. Cello Suite No.2 in D minor, BWV 1008
  3. Cello Suite No.3 in C major, BWV 1009
  4. Cello Suite No.4 in E-flat major, BWV 1010
  5. Cello Suite No.5 in C minor, BWV 1011
  6. Cello Suite No.6 in D major, BWV 1012
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1720?
First Publication. 1825
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Baroque
Piece Style Baroque
Instrumentation cello (Suite No.6 calls for a 5-stringed cello of some sort (violoncello piccolo?), possibly viola pomposa)
External Links Wikipedia article
6 Cello Suites - scores at Sheet Music Plus

Misc. Comments

Wikipedia gives a date of probably before 1720 (so probably? 1710s), mentioning unnamed scholars (will have to look that up and fill in?) who believe that the suites were written before the solo violin sonatas and partitas which have 1720 on their manuscript?.