Allen Winold

Bach's Cello Suites, Volumes 1 and 2

J. S. Bach’s Suites for Unaccompanied Cello are among the most cherished and frequently played works in the entire literature of music, and yet they have never been the subject of a full-length music analytical study. The musical examples herein include every note of all movements (so one needs no separate copy of the music while reading the book), and undertakes both basic analyses—harmonic reduction, functional harmonic analysis, step progression analysis, form analysis, and syntagmatic and paradigmatic melodic analysis—and specialized analyses for some of the individual movements. Allen Winold presents a comprehensive study intended not only for cellists, but also for other performers, music theorists, music educators, and informed general readers.
508 printed pages
Original publication



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    Lucíahas quotedlast year
    The movements of a Baroque suite are in the same key, or at least all based on the same tonic. This differs from the tonal plan of sonatas, symphonies, or concertos, all of which usually have at least one movement in a different key.
    Lucíahas quotedlast year
    The etymology of the term “suite” is from the French word suivez, meaning “to follow.”
    Lucíahas quotedlast year
    [Bach] never worked for the crowd, but always had in mind his ideal of perfection, without any view to approbation or the like, he had no reason whatever for giving less than he had and could give, and in fact, he never did this.

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