Bach Six Suites Edition 

Johann Sebastian Bach 
Six Suites for Violoncello Solo, BWV 1007-1012 Manuscripts Edition 

David Starkweather, editor

Every serious cellist struggles with the fact that the original manuscript of J.S. Bach’s Six Suites for Violoncello Solo has been lost. Fortunately, Bach’s work was preserved by 18th century copyists working from his original manuscript, the most respected of which are ones by Anna Magdalena Bach (1701-1760) and Johann Peter Kellner (1705-1772). 

This comprehensive 614-page edition uses modern computer technology to compare as many as 6 separate sources passage-by-passage by vertically aligning them. Differences between these sources are clearly marked for the reader, thus greatly facilitating comparisons. Please see the preview pages below for examples. 

Navigation between these sources and a score (included in the edition) is simple. For example, clicking any page number will take you from the comparison of sources page to the score in the corresponding passage of the music. Clicking the page number again will take you from the score back to the source comparison. 

Finally, a scholarly "Interpretation of Sources" article by editor David Starkweather draws conclusions, with easy navigation to the related examples in the manuscripts.

 

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Manuscripts

Manuscripts

Score

Score

from Suite 1 Gigue

from Suite 1 Gigue

from Suite 5

from Suite 5

from Suite 6 Prelude

from Suite 6 Prelude

This edition is designed to work well with the 12.9" iPad Pro and similar tablets, as well as laptop and desktop computers.  Also recommended:  a bluetooth foot pedal for page turns, and an Apple pencil for editing.

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Hyperlinks in Bach edition 

The pdf hyperlinks include clicking on the page number of each page to navigate instantly back and forth between the manuscripts and the score.  The concluding Interpretation of the Sources has many hyperlinks to examples in the manuscripts.