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Good enough to be sent to space: Partita for Violin No. 3 (Bach)

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Composer:
Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:
Karen Gomyo
Source:
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston
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CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
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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:

Preludio
Loure
Gavotte en Rondeau
Menuets (I and II)
Bourrée
Giga

It takes approximately 20 minutes to perform.

The entire partita was transcribed by Bach for lute solo, cataloged as BWV 1006a.

The most commonly found recordings are usually of the Preludio. The Preludio demands advanced bowing technique[citation needed] and consists almost entirely of semiquavers (i.e. sixteenth notes). The Preludio was also transcribed by Bach for solo organ, oboes, trumpets and strings in the opening sinfonia of the cantata Wir danken dir, Gott, wir danken dir, BWV 29 in D major, and was as well used as an introduction to the second part of the cantata Herr Gott, Beherrscher aller Dinge, BWV 120a.

The "Gavotte en Rondeau" is famously included on the Voyager Golden Record and often heard in TV or radio programs.
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