Saturday, June 25, 2011

Yehudi Menuhin: Bach Sonata No. 3 for Solo Violin

Yehudi Menuhin plays Bach Sonata No.3 for Solo Violin in C (BWV1005) at Gewandhaus, a concert hall in Leipzig Germany, in 1983.

Johann Sebastien Bach [1685-1750] composed the Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin (BWV 1001–1006) as a set of six works, and completed them in 1720. They consist of three sonatas da chiesa (church sonata), in four movements, and three partitas (an instrumental suite), in dance-form movements.

Although completed in 1720, it was only some 80 years later, in 1802, that Nicolaus Simrock had them published in Bonn, Germany. And even then, they remained largely ignored. That is, until the celebrated Hungarian violinist Josef Joachim [1831-1907] started performing these works. Today, Bach's sonatas and partitas are a standard of the violin repertoire and are performed and recorded often.