Capriccio in E Major (BWV 993) for String Trio

Uploaded on Jul 11, 2017

Johann Sebastian Bach was a German composer, organist, harpsichordist, violist, and violinist whose sacred and secular works for choir, orchestra, and solo instruments drew together the strands of the Baroque period and brought it to its ultimate maturity. Although he did not introduce new forms, he enriched the prevailing German style with a robust contrapuntal technique, an unrivalled control of harmonic and motivic organisation, and the adaptation of rhythms, forms and textures from abroad, particularly from Italy and France.

Early works by Bach are difficult to date precisely. Tablature or letter-notation, learnt by many a young organist, leaves one to suppose that other early works were written out, never transcribed and subsequently discarded. Not discarded, however, presumably because of its dedication (to one or other Johann Christoph), is the Capriccio in E major, BWV 993, a formless, turgid work whose harmonic poverty suggests not only an early date but that the young composer had a propensity to experiment for the sake of it. (His own propensity, or was he imitating Christoph's?) It must predate the Passacaglia in C minor by several years. Assuming its title to be authentic, this capriccio is so different from another early piece with this title, the six-movement capriccio in B flat, BWV 992, as to confirm something implied by the Toccata in D minor that Bach's interests were ranging widely as he tried to sustain movements but was not yet achieving much in the way of harmonic tension. BWV 993 also suggests that he was already interested in something else of importance: creating sheer length, sustaining a movement that did not have the prop of a text or a program. From what survives of Bach's earliest work, it does look as if each piece that survives is a self-given study or exercise.

This Capriccio in honorem Johann Christoph Bach for keyboard in E Major (BWV 993) appears to be one of Bach's first attempts to use the fugue form, perhaps struggling with some of the same issues amateurs have trouble with today (in fugue writing) but even when immature, he was a force to be reckoned with!?

Source: IMSLP (,_BWV_993_(Bach,_Johann_Sebastian))

Although originally written for Harpsichord. I created this Arrangement of the Capriccio in E Major (BWV 993) for String Trio (Violin, Viola & Cello).


Pages 7
Duration 06:09
Measures 126
Key signature 4 sharps
Parts 3
Part names Violin, Viola, Cello
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