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JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH - Fugue (BWV 1001) performed by SEBASTIAAN DE GREBBER

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Published on Apr 13, 2009

Sebastiaan de Grebber performs the Fugue in g minor by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750). This Fugue is the 2nd composition of Bach's Sonata in g minor BWV 1001 for solo violin. Unfortunately Johann Sebastian Bach did not compose any works for mandolin. In fact, the mandolin had not yet developed into the modern plectrum-played instrument tuned in fifths as we know it today. Perhaps its forerunner, the mandolino, strung with double gut strings (regarded today as the ancestor of the mandolin family), could have been familiar to Bach, as it was to his contemporaries and colleagues like Georg Friedrich Händel (1685-1759), Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741) and Johann Adolf Hasse (1699-1783). Besides the famous concertos for the gut-strung Mandolino by Vivaldi and Hasse, both Händel and Vivaldi composed arias in which the mandolino was given the role of accompaniment.

As far as is known today, Bach did not write music for high-pitched plucked instruments, but since his compositions, especially his Suites, Sonatas and Partitas for solo instruments belong to the most beautiful music of the Baroque period, and knowing that Bach himself transcribed parts of these violin works for other instruments (for instance the Fugue from the first violin Sonata for organ [BWV 539] and for lute [BWV 1000]), the Fugue from the 1st Sonata was selected for this solo mandolin video recording. The mandolin Sebastiaan used here is an Embergher concert mandolin No. 5bis.

To hear Bach's complete Sonata as well as music for solo mandolin by G.Ph. Telemann (1681-1767), R. Calace (1863-1934), G. Pettine (1874-1966), S. Ranieri (1882-1956), N. Paganini (1782-1840), J. Craton (1953- ) and V. Kioulaphides (b. 1961) performed by Sebastiaan de Grebber, please visit de Grebber's website where you find the latest details about his CD recordings, future concerts and is other activities.

Click here: http://www.degrebber-mandolin.com

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