Partita No. 1 in B-flat Major (BWV 825)

Menuet I


Menuets I and II from Bach’s Partita in B-flat major make a beautiful contrasting pair of dances - the first sprightly and elegant, the second more solid and sustained.

Make sure to add your own dynamics (probably between a range from forte to piano) as well as articulations (a range of touches including legato, staccato, tenuto, leggiero, slurs and short phrasings, etc.). If you look into the score you will discover most of this is implied by the structure of the music - its shapes, designs, modulations, and patterns. Remember there is no one right way of playing this music, but many possibilities.

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Menuet II