Overture in G minor, BWV 1070 (Bach, Johann Sebastian)

Ambox notice.pngJ. S. Bach's authorship of this work is doubtful (see comments at end of page)


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Fdamiani (2007/6/13)

Editor Alfred Dörffel (1821–1905)
Publisher. Info. Bach-Gesellschaft Ausgabe, Band 45.1
Leipzig: Breitkopf und Härtel, 1897. Plate B.W. XLV(1).
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General Information

Work Title Overture
Alternative. Title Orchestral Suite No.5
Composer Bach, Johann Sebastian
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. BWV 1070
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 5 movements:
I. Larghetto
II. Torneo
III. Aria. Adagio
IV. Menuetto
V. Trio
VI. Capriccio
First Publication. 1897
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Baroque
Piece Style Baroque
Instrumentation Orchestra: 3 oboes, bassoon ; 3 trumpets ; timpani ; 2 violins, viola, cello, violone ; continuo

Misc. Comments

  • Bach's authorship of this work is uncertain. Some scholars feel it was by Wilhelm Friedemann Bach, and it does appear on some W. F. Bach recordings. Others are only prepared to say it is in the "school" of J.S. Bach (David Schulenberg, Wagner College, NY) [1]. while the 1990 edition of the Bach Werke Verzeichnis (BWV) stated that there was insufficient evidence to place this in the "doubtful" or "spurious" categories of J. S. Bach's works.
Orchestral Suites by Johann Sebastian Bach
  • BWV 1070: Overture in G minor ("Suite No.5") [doubtful]
  • BWV 1071: Sinfonia in F major (see BWV 1046a)