Cellist Harry Wimmer describes how he relearned Bach's Fifth Suite.First he took stock of all  he knew so far.

You cannot help hearing this piece through 20th Century ears. You must become a musical detective, looking for hidden clues, looking for the harmonic tensions. BartokStravinskyPicasso

Sherlock Holmes

  Get to know Bach's vast output and that of his contemporaries.

Look at the sources, the manuscripts. Compare the ornamented lute version.

Suite No. 5 in C Minor

Suite for Lute in G Minor(ms)

Ex.1 Comparing the Allemandes

  Compare the Bach Gigue with Couperin's Les Canaries.  

Comparing the flow of the Prelude

  Delving into the meanings of the alla breve sign and the use of double-dotting  

Seeking the

  Summing up the path traveled in preparing for a fresh perforemance  

The Bach Cello Suites in the Anna Magdalena Manuscript Copies:

Suite No. 1 in G Majo
Suite No. 2 in D Minor
Suite No. 3 in C Major
Suite No. 4 in E Flat Major
Suite No. 5 in C Minor
Suite No. 6 in D Major

Compare Suite for Lute in G Minor (Lute Version of Suite No. 5 in Bach's autograph)

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