Johann Sebastian Bach – Brandenburg Concerto No.6 for Flute Ensemble

I. Allegro non tanto, II. Adagio ma non tanto, III. Allegro

Number of parts / Instrumentation
4 divisi parts (C-Flutes I, C-Flutes II, Alto Flutes, Bass Flutes) and 1 single part (Contrabass Flute).
For the Alto Flutes and Bass Flutes parts two players are minimum since they divide here and there. The C-Flutes I & II parts doesn’t really divide but it is recommended with two or more players in each part for that orchestral sound. Offcourse you can have more players double the Contrabass Flute part if you are lucky to have more than one in your ensemble!

LISTEN (demo) I. Allegro non tanto (at 0:00), II. Adagio ma non tanto (at 5:46), III. Allegro (at 9:56)

About the piece
The Brandenburg Concertos by Johann Sebastian Bach (BWV 1046–1051, original title: Six Concerts à plusieurs
instruments) are a collection of six instrumental works presented by Bach to Christian Ludwig, Margrave of Brandenburg-Schwedt. Bach wrote out the music himself for presentation to the Margrave rather than leaving it to a copyist. While he took the opportunity to revise the music, most likely, it was not freshly composed. He appears to have selected the six pieces from concertos he had composed over a number of years while Kapellmeister at Köthen,
and possibly extending back to his employment at Weimar (1708–17). The full score was left unused in the Margrave’s library until his death in 1734, when it was sold for 24 groschen (as of 2020 about US$25) of silver. The autograph manuscript of the concertos was only rediscovered in the archives of Brandenburg by Siegfried Wilhelm Dehn in 1849; the concertos were first published in the following year. The manuscript was nearly lost in World War II, when being transported for safekeeping to Prussia by train in the care of a librarian. The train came under aerial bombardment, and the librarian escaped from the train to the nearby forest, with the scores hidden under his coat. The Brandenburg Concertos are widely regarded as some of the best orchestral compositions of the Baroque era. This arrangement is adopted for flute ensemble from the original orchestral score as well as from Max Reger’s piano four-hands reduction.

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