Please enjoy these recordings of the first four movements of the J.S. Bach Partita for Unaccompanied Violin in D Minor, No. 2.
Composed in the early 1700's, there are six unaccompanied works written by Bach for the violin. Each work is comprised of multiple movements, which was the style at the time these wonderful pieces were composed. I'm posting four of the five movements which together make a complete work. Even 300 years after composition, the complexity, technical difficulty, and sheer musical genius of these pieces make them remain the bread and butter of the violin repertoire.
The Allemanda was the very first unaccompanied Bach I ever learned. My childhood teacher, BIll Hunt, patiently took me through each measure to show me how attentively crafted music could really be. I am indebted to him for his guidance as a mentor in both music and life.
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