All of Bach: a project by the Netherlands Bach Society
Suite in F minor
Incomplete but perfect
Bach may have mastered the French style even better than the French themselves.
There is only one manuscript of this Suite in F minor, written by Bach’s pupil Johann Peter Kellner. The surviving suite is probably incomplete, as it consists of just three movements (Prelude, Sarabande and Gigue) instead of the usual six or seven. However, Kellner does write ‘fine’ at the end, so maybe he presumed - or knew - that Bach regarded the work as complete. The Norwegian harpsichordist Ketil Haugsand, who recorded the suite for All of Bach, also thinks this is plausible.
Based on some awkward technical moments and a few singularities of form, there are also occasional doubts about Bach’s authorship. According to Haugsand, however, his style is clearly recognisable. He believes it to be an early work that shows, in particular, how well Bach could compose in the French style - “maybe even better than the French themselves”. The Dutch harpsichordist and musicologist Pieter Dirksen, on the other hand, has suggested that the work was composed at a later date and was originally intended for lute. “It may not have been a very important work for Bach himself”, says Haugsand, “but it is really beautiful; especially the melancholy Sarabande”.
- Suite in F minor
- keyboard work
Cast & Crew
|Release date||1 June 2018|
|Recording date||28 February 2017|
|Harpsichord||Martin Skowroneck, Bremen, 1985|
|Director and interview||Jan Van den Bossche|
|Music recording, edit and mix||Guido Tichelman|
|Camera and edit performance||Gijs Besseling|
|Edit interview||Ane C. Ose|