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Bach Orchestral Suite No. 2 – Bass Part

Edited by Paul Ellison

Title: Orchestral Suite No. 2
Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Instrument: Bass
Edited By: Paul Ellison
Instrumentation: Orchestral
Pages: 5

The bass part for Bach's Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B minor, BWV 1067 has been edited by Paul Ellison, in-demand double bassist, professor, presenter, and former Houston Symphony Orchestra principal bassist of 23 years. Ellison's bowings, fingerings and other editorial markings have been added throughout the score.

Bach's Second Orchestral Suite can be traced back to his Leipzig years, and like all four suites, it employs traditional French dances in its movements. The work opens with a two-part Overture which combines a slower, grave opening with an ensuing fugal allegro. This is followed by six shorter dance movements, several of them with French origins (such as the Rondeau and Bourée). It also uses the Polish-derived Polonaise, a folk dance form which was a popular reserve of German composers. The suite closes with the Badinerie, a brief, light, and high-spirited movement which has become one of Bach's greatest orchestral hits.

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Dear bassist or interested party,

All my editing is done in the spirit of "living editions." They are never finished or to be considered set in stone.  Bowings, articulations, fingerings, dynamics and phrasings may change with conductors, historical performance considerations, change of instrument, bow or strings, differing venues, individual physical considerations, change of climate or altitude not to mention additional acquired knowledge or change in personal taste.  Asking oneself to have about five ways to play most passages seems to cover the fluctuating circumstances mentioned in addition to giving oneself reason and context for choices to be made.  Each set of performances of any major work is likely to prompt some change(s).  The very nature and future of music as an art form demands live, dynamic, fresh interpretations which frequently necessitates realizing that there actually is no "rule book" and that the "bass police" will never actually show up. 

Please accept this editing in the spirit of knowing that our skills and abilities are in constant flux and may require many possibilities.  Here's to great music making.

-Paul Ellison

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