BWV… or not

Bach (Johann Sebastian, that is) or not Bach? This is the question that the violinist Amandine Beyer and the ensemble Gli Incogniti asked themselves by seizing a handful of works long thought to be from the Kantor and that we now know to be from other composers—known, identified or not. Thus, the Sonata BWV 1024 may have “ended up” in Bach’s repertoire because a musicologist knew how to use the right scientific arguments (paper, copyists, geographical and historical contexts) to achieve his goal. The style of the composition, which admittedly is a bit reminiscent of Bach, cannot however quite fall in line with the musician’s writing style. Therefore, in order to avoid the sonata disappearing back into anonymity, it has now been attributed to Pisendel, rightly or wrongly.

 

The Trio BWV 1036 is from Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach—we were always quite sure of that, even if some less scrupulous releases have omitted the first name… The Trio BWV 1037 seems to be from Goldberg (the one from the Variations). The Suite in A major BWV 1025 is of somewhat ambiguous paternity, but it’s actually an arrangement Bach created for violin and harpsichord using the Suite SC 47 for lute that his friend and colleague Silvius Leopold Weiss composed. These are a few works that, after long being in the paradise of being attributed to Bach, are now in the hell of the “fake”, even if it’s not the fault of the composers that wrote them! What a pity…

BWV… or not

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Violin Sonata in C Minor, BWV 1024: I. Adagio

Violin Sonata in C Minor, BWV 1024: II. Presto

Violin Sonata in C Minor, BWV 1024: III. Affettuoso

Violin Sonata in C Minor, BWV 1024: IV. Vivace

Flute Sonata in G Major, BWV 1038: I. Largo

Flute Sonata in G Major, BWV 1038: II. Vivace

Flute Sonata in G Major, BWV 1038: III. Adagio

Flute Sonata in G Major, BWV 1038: IV. Presto

Violin Sonata in D Minor, BWV 1036: I. Adagio

Violin Sonata in D Minor, BWV 1036: II. Allegro

Violin Sonata in D Minor, BWV 1036: III. Largo

Violin Sonata in D Minor, BWV 1036: IV. Vivace

Trio Sonata in C Major, DürG 13: I. Adagio

Trio Sonata in C Major, DürG 13: II. Alla breve

Trio Sonata in C Major, DürG 13: III. Largo

Trio Sonata in C Major, DürG 13: IV. Gigue. Presto

Fugue in G Minor, BWV 1026: Allegro

The Musical Offering, BWV 1079, Sonata sopr' il Soggetto Reale: I. Largo

The Musical Offering, BWV 1079, Sonata sopr' il Soggetto Reale: II. Allegro

The Musical Offering, BWV 1079, Sonata sopr' il Soggetto Reale: III. Andante

The Musical Offering, BWV 1079, Sonata sopr' il Soggetto Reale: IV. Allegro

Suite in A Major, BWV 1025: I. Fantasia

Suite in A Major, BWV 1025: II. Courante Bonus Track

Suite in A Major, BWV 1025: III. Entrée Bonus Track

Suite in A Major, BWV 1025: IV. Rondeau

Suite in A Major, BWV 1025: V. Sarabande Bonus Track

Suite in A Major, BWV 1025: VI. Menuett Bonus Track

Suite in A Major, BWV 1025: VII. Allegro Bonus Track