Violin Partita No 3 in E major
The Partita No. 3 in E major BWV 1006 by Johann Sebastian Bach for solo violin is the last work in the set of Six Sonatas and Partitas. It consists of the following movements:
It takes about 20 minutes to perform.
The entire partita was transcribed by Bach cataloged as BWV 1006a. The organist Wilhelm Tappert claimed in 1900 that this arrangement was for lute solo, but present research indicates that it was for an unspecified instrument.
The most commonly found recordings are usually of the Preludio. The Preludio consists almost entirely of semiquavers (i.e. sixteenth notes). The Preludio was also transcribed by Bach for use in two cantatas:
The "Gavotte en Rondeau" is famously included on the Voyager Golden Record and often heard in TV or radio programs.
In 1933 Sergei Rachmaninoff transcribed for piano (and subsequently recorded) the Preludio, Gavotte, and Giga from this partita (as TN 111/1).
Performances & Interviews
- Rachel Podger - Bach Partita No. 3https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p00wb5q3.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p00wb5q3.jpg2012-07-20T13:00:00.000ZBaroque violinist Rachel Podger performs movements from Bach's Partita No. 3 live on In Tune, 19.07.12https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p00wb5qq
Rachel Podger - Bach Partita No. 3Baroque violinist Rachel Podger performs movements from Bach's Partita No. 3 live on In Tune, 19.07.12