Johann Sebastian Bach
Suites No. 4 and 5 for Violonccllo solo, transcribed for Viola da Gamba by Peter Lamprecht
BWV 1010, 1011
Editor: Peter Lamprecht, publication date: 2023-05, source: D-B Mus.ms. Bach P 269
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Although Bach's cello suites are part of every cellist's repertoire, it is still unclear for which instrument they were actually composed. Today's cello is only suitable for them to a limited extent, which is especially true for Suites No. 4 and 5. The cellist and gambist Peter Lamprecht has arranged these two suites for the viola da gamba for us. In doing so, he has transposed Suite No. 5, which requires scordatura on the cello, to D minor, making much of it come naturally on the viola da gamba. His edition is intended for practice and occasionally includes fingerings and bowing markings. Without attempting to answer the question of whether the viola da gamba is perhaps the instrument Bach had in mind for these suites, this edition offers gambists the opportunity to experience this wonderful and unique music for themselves.