Bach: Brandenburg Concertos, BWV 1046-1051

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  • Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Editor: Heinrich Besseler
  • Format: Study Score
  • Instrumentation: Violin, Orchestra, String Orchestra, Recorder I, Recorder II
  • ISMN: 9790006200085
  • Size: 6.5 x 8.9 inches
  • Pages: 280
  • Urtext / Critical Edition


The six Brandenburg Concertos BWV 1046-1051, prized jewels of the world's musical heritage, were written in 1721 during Bach's appointment in Cöthen.

Of the six works, Bach originally wrote earlier versions of numbers 1 and 5 which differ not only with regard to articulation but also at times different tones, different rhythms, instrumentation and of course form.

These Urtext publications [BA 5201-BA 5206] taken from the New Bach Edition now give performers the possibility to play these earlier versions perhaps even alongside the version known today.

The Barenreiter Urtext study scores are a prime example of how Barenreiter takes a musical text and transfers it into a practical format.