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Bachcast 51: Partita no. 6 for Keyboard


Bach's sixth partita joins my top three favorites from his collection he called Clavier-Übung I (keyboard collection). This was a collection Bach took seriously as a publication.

Bach opens with an unusual suite movement, a toccata, and "warms us up" with both a French-overture like start then a contrapuntal chase. The suite contains a number of dances, and ends with what may sound like a typical "gigue," which in sound is full of intervalic leaps, forcing us to extend our concept of melody.

  • David Fray, piano
  • Andreas Staier, harpsichord
  • Benjamin Alard, harpsichord
  • Ton Koopman, harpsichord
  • Johannes Maria Bogner, clavichord

Bachcast 52: Fantasia in G minor, BWV 917

Bachcast 50: Partita II for Keyboard