Bach - Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B Flat BWV1051 (2)




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Published on May 9, 2008


Brandenburg concerto no. 6 for two viola da braccio, two viola da gamba, cello, violone and harpsichord

3. Allegro

Performed by Concerto Italiano
Conducted by Rinaldo Alessandrini

*Winner of the Grammaphone editor's Choice award, and the 2006 Grammaphone award for best baroque intrumental recording

Musicologists aren't entirely sure why Bach decided to write in two viola da gamba which are not entirely vital to the structure of the piece. It's possible they were added because Prince Leopold, Bach's patron at Cothen, was a player of the instrument and liked to take part in musical performances. This may also be why the part is not particularily complicated. ;)

Note: viola da braccio is exactly the same as the regular viola. Bach wrote "da braccio" (of the arm) to differentiate between it and the viola da gamba which is a member of a completely different family of instruments.


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