Johann Sebastian Bach was mainly a keyboard player and probably did not play the lute. He was, however, very fond of its unique sonorities and helped to develop a "Lautenwerk", a gut strung harpsichord designed to imitate the sound of the lute. Most of Bach´s lute music was probably first played by him on this instrument. There are, however, a number of tabulatures of this repertoire written out by lutenists contemporary with Bach. This Bach programme includes, among other works, Suite in G minor, BWV 995, Suite in C-minor BWV 997 and Prelude, Fugue, Allegro in E flat BWV 998.
13-course baroque lute
Michael Lowe, Oxford 1980
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