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J.S. Bach - Largo of Concert BWV 1056

J.S. Bach - Largo of Concert BWV 1056

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As with all Bach concertos, the middle movement is special. And actually, it isn’t even Bach, as the melody refers back to the Andante from the Flute Concerto in G major, TWV 51:G2 by Telemann. Bach takes Telemann’s theme and develops it in his own way. The pizzicato accompaniment of the strings in combination with the dreamy melody make this a gem that can actually be used anywhere. The pizzicato accompaniment of the strings in combination with the dreamy melody make this a gem that can actually be used anywhere. You won’t be the first, because this beautiful largo has been used in many movies. Bach himself was obviously pleased with the result, as he used this middle movement again in his cantata Ich steh mit einem Fuß im Grabe, although there the solo is played by an oboe rather than a harpsichord.

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