What are some good cello pieces

The 6 most beautiful pieces by Bach to play on the cello

Cellists, this article is for you! We invite you to explore a selection of Bach's six most beautiful works, both original works and works arranged for the cello. For each piece we have included a link to the interactive Tomplay sheet music. Each score is synchronized with a sound recording produced by us in the studio, which enables you to play the cello part accompanied by the piano, a string ensemble or even a real concert orchestra. Have fun while reading!

1. Suite No. 1 in G major, BWV 1007 - I. Prelude

▶️ Play the original score of the prelude to Suite No. 1 in G major, BWV 1007, by Bach on the solo cello

After initially being forgotten, the Bach Cello Suites were discovered and finally published in 1825, but despite their publication, they were not much appreciated except by a few cellists who used them as practice pieces.

They didn't come out of their slumber until the early 1900s. While visiting a music store with his father, a 13-year-old Catalan cellist named Pablo Casals found an old copy of Bach's cello suites. He took it home, started playing it, and it was love at first sight. He took her on a few years later.

It took more than 200 years for these wonderful suites to become known, but after they were revealed to the world they entered the pantheon of the most influential works ever written.

The first Bach Cello Suite has become the best known. The first prelude in G major is bright and smooth and the first bars are dominated by simple chords that create a big sound.

This very appealing suite is suitable for beginners and amateurs, but also offers some challenges for professionals.

Would you like to play the Prelude to Suite No. 1 in G major, BWV 1007? Download the Tomplay sheet music synchronized with the audio recording of the performance by world famous Chinese cellist Jian Wang. Listen to them and be inspired by his performance to learn efficiently and progress faster.

2. Air from the 3rd suite in D major (on the G string)

▶️ Play the arrangement for a quartet of Air from the 3rd suite in D major (on the G string) by Bach on the cello

We shall now take a closer look at the third suite in D major, BWV 1068. In contrast to the Brandenburg Concerts, these suites are independent of each other. Specialists even explain that the movements are compositions, either from recent or related compositions, or from different arrangements from previous works.

The famous Air on the G-string is the second movement of this orchestral overture. Its solemn melody seems to stand still in time and takes us back to festive moments in the prestigious courts of time.

We arranged this sublime air on the G string for a quartet (two violins, viola and cello). Treat yourself to the pleasure of performing this work with the professional recording of the rest of the ensemble, synchronized with the score.

3. "Happy me that I have Jesus - Jesus remains my joy ", BWV 147

▶️ Play the arrangement for cello and piano from "Glad me that I have Jesus - Jesus remains my joy" by Bach

Here is another indispensable piece from Bach's repertoire: "Well me, that I have Jesus" is the last chorale from "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben", BWV 147, a religious cantata composed in Leipzig and performed on the occasion of the festival of Visitation of the Virgin Mary.

This work was composed for four soloists and a choir of four mixed voices (soprano, alto, tenor and bass) as well as for trumpet, oboe, violin, viola and figured bass.

Right from the start, the melody of the chorale is mainly composed of triplets. There are several arrangements of this work for the solo piano and also for four-handed piano.

The version of "Glad I have Jesus" for cello and piano in the Tomplay catalog enables you to play the cello part accompanied by the professional recording of the piano part. You can change the tempo of the accompaniment however you want so you can get this piece in shape in the best of conditions.

4. Suite No. 2 in B minor, BWV 1067 - VII. "Badinerie" 

▶️ Play the arrangements of the "Badinerie" from Suite No. 2, BWV 1067 by Bach, for cello and orchestra 

As in the majority of Bach's overtures, the second suite ends in a very lively finale. Playing the happy, shiny "Badinerie" presents some difficulty for the soloist who has to demonstrate his worth through this suite.

It is conceived in the form of an Italian concert, on a very German basis. His composition was significantly inspired by Lully, the initiator of the model of this type of Paris suite at the court of King Louis XIV.Scientists have even wondered about the relative absence of suites in Bach's repertoire and have concluded that he thought he did not have a sufficient one Mastery in this genre to release more of it, which is surprising considering its success!

Playing the "Badinerie" is an excellent opportunity to work on your speed and interpretation. In addition, our multi-level arrangements of this work make it accessible to all cellists! With Tomplay's interactive sheet music, you can use the "Badinerie" not only in Play the accompaniment of the baroque orchestra, but also slow down the tempo of the accompaniment to work on the score at your own rhythm.

5. Suite No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1008

▶ ️ Play the original score of Suite No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1008, by Bach on the solo cello

We introduced Cello Suite No. 1 earlier in this article, and here we invite you to explore the second suite, BWV 1008

If the six suites were divided into two equal halves, suites # 2 and # 5 would each form a central solemn section in minor, as opposed to suite # 1, which is written in major.

Although not technically demanding, the second suite conjures up a world full of dark rooms and melancholy spheres, far removed from the sunny landscapes of Suite No. 1.

Would you like to tackle the score of Bach's second suite, BWV 1008? Thanks to our partnership with Deutsche Grammophon, the Tomplay sheet music of Suite No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1008 for solo cello is synchronized with the audio recording of the performance by the Chinese cellist Jian Wang, which you can listen to following the score, just for pleasure or for inspiration.

6. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1 - Prelude and Fugue No. 22 in B flat minor, BWV 867

▶ ️ Play the arrangement for quartet of Bach's Prelude and Fugue No. 22, BWV 867, on the cello

The Prelude and Fugue in B flat minor, BWV 867, is the 22nd sentence pair of preludes and fugues from the first book of Bach's "Well-Tempered Clavier", which was compiled around 1722.

After the clarity of the previous prelude in B flat major, Bach leads his audience to an intensely painful and difficult to play diptych on the keyboard.

Both books of the "Well-Tempered Clavier" are regarded as references by a large number of composers and teachers. First copied by musicians and then published at the beginning of the 19th century, they have been used since the time of their composition for the study of the art of keyboard playing and the art of composition, as well as for the pleasure they have given music lovers.

To conclude this article, we invite you to play an arrangement of the Melancholy Prelude and Fugue No. 22, BWV 867, for a string quartet (two violins, viola and cello). With the Tomplay sheet music you can play the cello part together with a high-quality recording of the rest of the quartet that is synchronized with the score.