Composer(Bach family)
DifficultyGrades 4-6
ArrangerRobin Wedderburn
Instrumentsviolin, violin, viola, cello, cello and double bass
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* See a page from Two pieces from the second 'Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach' (1725)

Picture of Sheet music  for violin, violin, viola, cello, cello and double bass by (Bach family). i) March in D major, attributed to C.P.E.Bach
ii) Aria 'Bist du bei Mir' from Stölzel's 'Diomede'
both arranged for string orchestra (two cello parts)

The splendid little D major March, BWV Anh.122, is thought to be by J.S.Bach's son Carl Philipp Emanuel.

'Bist du bei mir' was part of Stölzel's opera 'Diomedes', which is largely lost. For a long time this aria was mis-attributed to J.S.Bach.

Both of these pieces are, in the Notebook, set in simple two-part, melody-and-bass form, although basso-continuo treatment may well be intended for 'Bist du bei mir' since the lyrics are written underneath the treble line.

These arrangements expand the texture, aiming to give each string part something significant to contribute without obscuring the essential nature of each piece - the forthright energy of the march and the aria's intimate, tender beauty. (Can one imagine Anna Magdalena singing it by the harpsichord at home, accompanied by her husband in one of his precious free moments?)

Both pieces may be played with one player to a part, with or without double bass.

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