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When Bach wrote the cantata beginning Wir danken dir, Gott, wir danken dir, he recorded the year 1731 with his own hand.  Our presentation takes place on August 27th. This cantata’s impressive symphony features a blend of 3 trumpets, tympani, 2 oboes, strings, and continuo. During the composition, Bach reached back to his earlier work, incorporating the “prelude” to the partita for solo violin in E major (BWV 1006). Bach composed the orchestral material to accompany the organ, which plays the original violin solo.

Bach first encountered concertos by his contemporary Vivaldi during his years in Weimar, having previously worked as a court organist and kapellmeister. With his interest piqued in the Italian genre, Bach transcribed six of Vivaldi’s concertos and prepared transcriptions of Telemann’s and Marcello’s concertos for Prince Johann Ernst . During his years of service in Köthen, he wrote his first concertos, of which two violin sonatas and a duo concerto remain to us.  Six keyboard concertos were produced in Leipzig, and afterwards, the composer was entrusted with the leadership of the Collegium Musicum, a music society. Some of these pieces are transcriptions of different violin sonatas – with occasional departures. Among them is also his Concerto in D minor, which will be featured in the Bach marathon in its reconstructed, violin sonata version with soloist Barnabás Kelemen.

One of music literature’s most popular works, the Suite No. 2 in B minor is often heard in concert halls. The suite genre developed out of French Opera ballet movements at the end of the 17th century, with dances of different character arranged and played one after another. French orchestral suites became popular throughout Europe, with the genre spreading to Germany, occupying Bach as well for his entire life. Although he wrote a portion of his orchestral works in Köthen (between 1717 and 1723), he regularly needed new pieces for his Collegium Musicam recitals. Because we have no information regarding the time of Suite No. 2 in B minor’s creation, it may easily date back to his Leipzig period.

This event is co-produced by Budapest Festival Orchestra and the Palace of Arts.


990 HUF


Volin concerto in D minor-suite in H minor


Kelemen Barnabás - violin
Fassang László - organ
Pivon Gabriella - flute
Musicians of the Budapest Festival Orchestra