Partita in G minor for harpsichord

by Johann Sebastian Bach

transcribed Nanette G. Lunde

Transcribing works from one instrument to another was a common practice in the Baroque era; J. S. Bach transcribed his Sonata in D minor for unaccompanied violin for the harpsichord, transposing it to A minor. He also transcribed the first movement of his Sonata in C Major, transposing it to G major. In his keyboard versions, we find added harmonies and the realization of the implied counterpoint found in the violin scores. In each case the original key has been lowered by the interval of the fourth to use the middle and lower registers of the harpsichord to greatest advantage.

In this transcription of the Partita in D Minor for unaccompanied violin of J.S. Bach., Nanette G. Lunde has used the key of G minor and has followed as nearly as possible the techniques set forth by Bach in his own transcriptions of his violin works. The performer is encouraged to compare this transcription with the original violin score. The Italian titles of the original violin autograph have been retained. (The original title was Partia.)

Ornamentation from the violin original has been retained and additional embellishments have been added editorially.

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