6 Cello Suites, BWV 1007-1012 (Bach, Johann Sebastian)

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 Complete Score (color scan)
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 Complete Score
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PMLP04291-D B Mus. ms. Bach P 269.pdf
Copyist:

Anna Magdalena Bach

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Manuscript, n.d.

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D B Mus. ms. Bach P 269

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 Complete Score
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Andrewt (2010/8/21)

PMLP04291-bach suites para cello 467300254.pdf
Copyist:

Johann Peter Kellner

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Manuscript, n.d.(ca.1726).

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Kassel: Bärenreiter, No.5215/5216, 2000.

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 Complete Score
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Andrewt (2010/8/21)

PMLP04291-bach suites para cello 467300124.pdf
Copyist:

Anonymous (2 persons)

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Manuscript, n.d.(ca.1750-1800).

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Kassel: Bärenreiter, No.5215/5216, 2000.

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 Complete Score
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Andrewt (2010/8/21)

PMLP04291-Bach - Cello Suites source D.pdf
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Anonymous

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Manuscript, n.d.(ca.1775-1800).

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Kassel: Bärenreiter, No.5215/5216, 2000.

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 Complete Score
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Andrewt (2010/8/21)

PMLP04291-Bach - Cello Suites source E.pdf
Editor:

Louis Pierre Martin Norblin (1781-1854)
First edition

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Paris: Janet et Cotelle, n.d.(ca.1824). Plate 1497

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Kassel: Bärenreiter, No.5215/5216, 2000.

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 Complete score
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Generoso (2012/10/21)

PMLP04291-Bach - 6 Suites for Solo Cello (Dotzauer) 1826.pdf
Editor:

Friedrich Dotzauer (1783-1860)

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Leipzig: Breitkopf und Härtel, n.d.(ca.1826). Plate 4346.

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 Complete Score
#107648 - 4.47MB, 35 pp. -  6.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (9) - V/V/V - 6749x

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YuriyLcello (2011/7/1)

PMLP04291-GrutzBach.pdf
Editor:

Friedrich Grützmacher (1832-1903)

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Leipzig: C.F. Peters, No.238b, n.d.[1866]. Plate 4546.

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6th Suite is transposed to G major.

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 Complete Score
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Generoso (2011/2/26)

PMLP04291-Bach - 6 Suites (Sonatan) for Cello solo (Grutzmacher) Peters.pdf
Editor:

Friedrich Grützmacher (1832-1903)

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Leipzig: C.F. Peters, No.238a, n.d.[1866]. Plate 4962.

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 Complete Score
#12165 - 2.81MB, 37 pp. -  6.8/10 2 4 6 8 10 (20) - V/V/V - 12142x

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ValeriyaSholokhova (2007/8/21)

Bach - Sechs Suiten Für Violoncello.pdf
Editor:

Alfred Dörffel (1821-1905)

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Bach-Gesellschaft Ausgabe, Band 27.1 (pp.59-94)
Leipzig: Breitkopf & Härtel, 1879. Plate B.W. XXVII (1).

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 Complete Score
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Generoso (2011/7/9)

PMLP04291-Bach - 6 Suites for Cello (Dotzauer).pdf
Editor:

Friedrich Dotzauer (1783-1860)

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Leipzig: Breitkopf und Härtel, n.d.(ca.1880). Plate V.A. 1236.

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Revised reissue (new engraving) of Dotzauer edition

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 Complete Score
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Carolus (2009/8/13)

PMLP04291-Bach-BWV1007-1012klengel.pdf
Editor:

Julius Klengel (1859-1933)

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Leipzig: Breitkopf und Härtel, n.d.(ca.1900). Plate 22879.

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 Complete Score
#108700 - 4.98MB, 37 pp. -  5.2/10 2 4 6 8 10 (5) - V/V/V - 4090x

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Generoso (2011/7/9)

PMLP04291-Bach - 6 Suites for Cello solo (Hausmann).pdf
Editor:

Robert Hausmann (1852–1909)

Engraver:

Leipzig: F.W. Garbrecht.

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Leipzig: Steingräber Verlag, n.d.[1898]. Plate 882.

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 Complete Score
#70850 - 8.18MB, 46 pp. -  7.5/10 2 4 6 8 10 (13) - V/V/12 - 10157x

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Generoso (2010/7/10)

PMLP04291-Bach - 6 Cello Suites (Becker Peters) complete.pdf
Editor:

Hugo Becker (1863-1941)

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Leipzig: C.F. Peters, No.238, n.d.(ca.1911). Plate 9148.

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 Complete Score
#105620 - 15.78MB, 54 pp. -  7.5/10 2 4 6 8 10 (11) - V/V/26 - 7047x

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Generoso (2011/6/16)

PMLP04291-Bach - 6 Suites for Cello Solo (Pollain) Durand 1918.pdf
Editor:

Fernand Pollain (1879–1955)

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Paris: A. Durand & fils, 1918. Plate D. & F. 9546.

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 Complete Score
#121688 - 0.81MB, 60 pp. -  8.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (16) - !N/!N/!N - 10631x

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Coulonnus (2011/9/11)

WIMA.55e9-vc100712.pdf
Editor:

Werner Icking (1943-2001)

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Werner Icking

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 Complete Score (without slurs)
#268080 - 1.34MB, 77 pp. -  0.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (0) - !N/!N/!N - 4899x

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 Editor's Notes
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Shin-Itchiro (2013/1/30)

TN-Bach Suites for Cello Solo without slurs cover 100.jpg
Editor:

Shin-Itchiro Yokoyama

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YOKOYAMA Shin-Itchiro's Sheet Music Library

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This edition without slurs was edited based on the manuscripts of Johann Peter Kellner and Anna Magdalena Bach. Normal notation version of 5th suite and transposed version (in G major) of 6th suite are included.

See also the blog: Bach's Cello Suites, Editor's Notes

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Arrangements and Transcriptions

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For Cello or Viola and Piano (Stade)

 Complete Score
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Generoso (2012/7/12)

PMLP04291-Bach - Suite Vc-Pno Suites Nos 1-6 (Schumann-Stade 1871) for cello and piano.pdf
Arranger:

Friedrich Wilhelm Stade (1817–1902)
Revised version

Publisher Info.:

Leipzig: Gustav Heinze, n.d.

Reprinted:

Leipzig: Edition Peters, n.d. Plate 7311.

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The title page reference to Robert Schumann is due to the fact that Schumann's arrangement used Dotzauer's edition as its source. Stade's revised arrangement incorporated features from the Dotzauer and Grützmacher editions, while the original version is mainly based on Norblin's edition from ca.1824.

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For Cello and Piano (Grädener)

 Nos.1-3 - Piano Part
#241797 - 4.05MB, 21 pp. -  5.7/10 2 4 6 8 10 (6) - V/V/V - 2833x

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 Nos.1-3 - Cello Part
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 Nos.4-6 - Piano Part
#241799 - 5.71MB, 31 pp. -  5.5/10 2 4 6 8 10 (4) - V/V/V - 800x

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 Nos.4-6 - Cello Part
#241800 - 3.65MB, 17 pp. -  2.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (3) - V/V/V - 965x

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Generoso (2012/7/12)

PMLP04291-Bach - Suite Vc-Pno Suites Nos1-3 (Gradener Pohle 1871) for cello and piano pno.pdf
Arranger:

Carl Georg Peter Grädener (1812-1883)

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Hamburg: H. Pohle, [1871]. Plate H.P.19. 115.

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For Violin Solo (David)

 Complete score
#254354 - 7.75MB, 42 pp. -  2.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (3) - V/V/V - 5242x

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Generoso (2012/10/13)

PMLP04291-Bach - 6 Suites for Cello Solo (David) (Heinze 1866) for violin solo.pdf
Arranger:

Ferdinand David (1810-1873)

Publisher Info.:

Leipzig: Gustav Heinze, n.d.(ca.1866). Plate G. 114 H.

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The solo cello suites arranged for violin, as preparatory studies for Bach's solo violin works. Some passages, especially arpeggiated sections, are rewritten, and suites 1-5 are transposed up a fifth. [Note that annotations referring to Bach's original notes give the cello version]. This arrangement appeared at almost the same time as Grützmacher's version for concert performance. Many of the alterations to notes (such as the opening bars of the prelude to the first suite) are common to David and Grützmacher. David's source is almost certainly the edition published by Heinrich Probst in 1825, itself a re-engraving of the first published edition, that by Janet et Cotelle (Paris, 1824), but David must also have access to another source, as he does not repeat the egregious errors of the Probst or Cotelle texts.

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For Violin Solo (Ebner)

 Suite No.1, BWV 1007
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 Suite No.2, BWV 1008
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 Suite No.3, BWV 1009
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 Suite No.4, BWV 1010
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 Suite No.5, BWV 1011
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 Suite No.6, BWV 1012
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RTM (2011/10/5)

TN-Bach, JS, 6 Cello Suites, BWV 1007-1012, ArrVlEbner.jpg
Arranger:

Josef Ebner (fl.1903-1921)

Publisher Info.:

Leipzig/Zürich: Gebrüder Hug, n.d.(ca.1913). Plate G.H. 5151.

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Scanned at 600dpi grayscale, converted to monochrome.

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For Violin solo (Icking)

 Violin part
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Coulonnus (2011/9/11)

WIMA.e315-vl100712.pdf
Arranger:

Werner Icking

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Werner Icking

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For Viola solo (Icking)

 Viola part
#121689 - 0.85MB, 60 pp. -  7.6/10 2 4 6 8 10 (10) - !N/!N/!N - 20118x

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Coulonnus (2011/9/11)

WIMA.f440-va100712.pdf
Arranger:

Werner Icking

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Werner Icking

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For Viola solo (Spindler)

 Viola part
#29356 - 7.58MB, 68 pp. -  7.9/10 2 4 6 8 10 (18) - V/V/V - 20794x

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Zelenka (2009/3/9)

PMLP04291-Bach Suites for Viola Ed.Russa.pdf
Arranger:

Fritz Spindler (1817-1905)

Publisher Info.:

Moscow: Muzgiz, 1962. Plate 29137.

Copyright:

Public Domain [tag/del]

Misc. Notes:

It seems to be a reissue of Hofmeister Edition. Spindler was a Viola player in Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig. -- when was the Hofmeister edition published? Worldcat turns up nothing more recent than 1953- did Spindler leave his arrangement in manuscript?

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For Viola solo (Yokoyama)

 Complete Score (without slurs)
#268573 - 1.37MB, 77 pp. -  0.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (0) - !N/!N/!N - 5375x

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 Editor's Notes
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Shin-Itchiro (2013/2/5)

TN-Bach 6 Cello Suites without slurs for Viola Cover.jpg
Arranger:

Shin-Itchiro Yokoyama

Publisher Info.:

YOKOYAMA Shin-Itchiro's Sheet Music Library

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Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 [tag/del]

Misc. Notes:

This edition without slurs was edited based on the manuscripts of Johann Peter Kellner and Anna Magdalena Bach. Normal notation version of 5th suite and transposed version (in G major) of 6th suite are included. See also the blog: Bach's Cello Suites, Editor's Notes

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For Bass recorder (Perry)

 Engraving files (Sibelius)
#220997 - 0.01MB, ? pp. -  6.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (2) - !N/!N/!N - 484x

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Reccmo (2012/5/18)

WIMA.43b0-BRS03.pdf
Arranger:

Philip Perry

Publisher Info.:

Philip Perry

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General Information

Work Title 6 Cello Suites
Alternative Title
Composer Bach, Johann Sebastian
Opus/Catalogue Number BWV 1007-1012
Movements/Sections 6 suites:
  1. Cello Suite No.1 in G major, BWV 1007
  2. Cello Suite No.2 in D minor, BWV 1008
  3. Cello Suite No.3 in C major, BWV 1009
  4. Cello Suite No.4 in E-flat major, BWV 1010
  5. Cello Suite No.5 in C minor, BWV 1011
  6. Cello Suite No.6 in D major, BWV 1012
Year/Date of Composition 1720?
First Publication 1825
Piece Style Baroque
Instrumentation Cello (Suite No.6 calls for a 5-stringed cello of some sort (violoncello piccolo?), possibly viola pomposa)
External Links Wikipedia article
6 Cello Suites - scores at Sheet Music Plus


Misc. Comments

Wikipedia gives a date of probably before 1720 (so probably? 1710s), mentioning unnamed scholars (will have to look that up and fill in?) who believe that the suites were written before the solo violin sonatas and partitas which have 1720 on their manuscript?.

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