Urtext = Plain Text ? – An Analysis of the Sarabande in Eb Major, Part 1 (Bar 1-12)

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Urtext = Klartext? – eine Analyse der Sarabande in Es-Dur, Teil 1 (Takt 1-12)

by Dr. Marshall Tuttle.


Michael Bach

This is the first part of the analysis of the

Sarabande in E Flat Major

with performance examples

and the interpretations of the cello competition *)

 

 

Interpretation of the “Sarabande in Es-Dur”
Michael Bach, Cello with BACH.Bow

audio:
https://youtu.be/Y36IJLxhiAI

video:
https://youtu.be/O4n-Rw26HVA

 

Sarabande Es-Dur AMB-
Copy by Anna Magdalena Bach, digital scan of the Staatsbibliothek in Berlin – PK

 

Glossary

JSB = Johann Sebastian Bach
AMB = Anna Magdalena Bach

2-slur, 3-slur, 4-slur = Slurs over 2, 3 or 4 notes.
Three 2-slurs = three slurs over 2 notes
m, mm = measure, measures

C4 = middle C

Sub = Subdominant
Dom = Dominant
Rel = Relative minor
SR = Relative minor of the subdominant
DR = Relative minor of the Dominant
DD = Dominant of the Dominant
D7-chord= Dominant seventh chord
D9-chord = Dominant ninth chord
s6-chord = Minor subdominant with sixth instead of fifth (ii6 chord)
SD = Secondary dominant
SDD = Dominant of the secondary Dominant


Foreword

The analysis of the “Sarabande in E Flat Major” by JSB presented here is offered in comparison to the individual interpretations of the participants in this year’s Cello Competition for New Music in Stuttgart* ). This is to elucidate the extent to which today’s current interpretations do justice to the original manuscript. In this “Sarabande” there are no significant deviations in the Urtext editions from AMB’s copy, and there are no scribal errors on the part of AMB. Nevertheless, a performance convention has been established that modifies the musical text. This relates to the polyphony, to the slurs and to the addition of “ornaments”.

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