March 21 – J.S. Bach Partita in A Minor, I. Allemande

Performed by Emily Stumpf

Born on this day in 1685, J.S. Bach wrote his Partita while he was music director at the Calvinist court of Cöthen. Bach adopted the form of this four-movement work from the French baroque instrumental dance suites. The “Allemande,” no longer danced by the 17th century, is a highly-ornamented introductory movement in a German style.

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