Bach's Cello Suites

Bach's Cello Suites - Volumes 1 and 2

Analyses and Explorations
Allen Winold
Distribution: World
Publication date: 4/16/2007
Format: paper 280 pages
8.5 x 11
ISBN: 978-0-253-21896-4
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J. S. Bach’s Suites for Unaccompanied Cello are among the most cherished and frequently played works in the entire literature of music, and yet they have never been the subject of a full-length music analytical study. The musical examples herein include every note of all movements (so one needs no separate copy of the music while reading the book), and undertakes both basic analyses—harmonic reduction, functional harmonic analysis, step progression analysis, form analysis, and syntagmatic and paradigmatic melodic analysis—and specialized analyses for some of the individual movements. Allen Winold presents a comprehensive study intended not only for cellists, but also for other performers, music theorists, music educators, and informed general readers.

Author Bio

Allen Winold, Professor of Music Emeritus at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, has written numerous books on music theory and history. He has been an active composer, arranger, violinist, and conductor, and has given master classes and seminars throughout the world.


". . . these volumes are a fascinating, comprehensive, and incredibly detailed look into the solo cello works of Bach. Recommended for those who like theory and in-depth, analytical discussions of Bach's music." —G. P., Strings Magazine , April 1, 2009

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Table of Contents

Volume I
Chapter 1: Historical Background
Chapter 2: The Preludes
Chapter 3: The Allemandes
Chapter 4: The Courantes
Chapter 5: The Sarabandes
Chapter 6: The Optional Dances
Chapter 7: The Gigues
Chapter 8: Summary and Conclusions
Appendix: Analytical Designations
Appendix: Analytical Designations

Volume II

for Volume II: Music Examples
Chapter 1: Music Examples for the Historical Background
Chapter 2: Music Examples for the Preludes
Chapter 3: Music Examples for the Allemandes
Chapter 4: Music Examples for the Courantes
Chapter 5: Music Examples for the Sarabandes
Chapter 6: Music Examples for the Optional Dances
Chapter 7: Music Examples for the Gigues