The Anna Magdalena Bach Notebook

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12 pieces arranged for double bass and piano

Composer: Christian Petzold; J.S. Bach; C.P.E. Bach and G.H. Bach
Arranger: Cathy Elliott

Instrumentation: Double bass and piano

Difficulty: Suitable for lower intermediate players
Exam syllabus: Grade 2 – Grade 4

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Description

The original Anna Magdalena Notebook was a collection of songs and keyboard pieces written and collected by J.S. Bach (1685-1750) as a gift to his second wife, Anna Magdalena (1701-1760). Many of the compositions were for Anna Magdalena, a gifted singer, while those chosen for this book were probably intended for some of their 13 children.

Bach liked to arrange his compositions for different instruments, according to what was available in a particular place at a particular time, and I like to think that had children played the double bass in the time of Bach, he himself would have arranged some of these pieces for the double bass.

The choice of key for each of these arrangements has been made to align as far as possible the age and stage of learning of a young bass player with that of a keyboard player learning the same pieces. Apart from Musette in Eb major, all other pieces have a maximum of two sharps or flats. The rhythms are not challenging and the bowings are kept as straight forward as possible.

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Anna Magdalena Bach Notebook (bass) ISMN: 979-0-708191-03-2
Anna Magdalena Back Notebook (piano) ISMN: 979-0-708191-04-9

Contents

Contents of publication

  1. Minuet in D
  2. Minuet in G minor
  3. Minuet in C
  4. Polonaise in D minor
  5. Minuet in A minor
  6. March in D
  7. Aria
  8. Polonaise in F
  9. First Minuet in D minor
  10. Musette
  11. Second Minuet in D minor
  12. March in B flat

Performance videos

Links to performances and download editions

Minuet in D

Minuet in G minor

Minuet in C

Polonaise in D minor

Minuet in A minor

March in D

First Minuet in D minor

March in B flat

Exam syllabus

ABRSM (2020-2023)

  • Minuet in D (Gd 2)
  • First Minuet in D minor (Gd 3)
  • Minuet in C (Gd 4)

MTB (from 2019)

  • Minuet in D (Gd 2)
  • March in B flat (Gd 3)
  • Minuet in A minor (Gd 3)
  • Polonaise in D minor (Gd 4)

Trinity (2020-2023)

  • Minuet in G minor (Gd 2)
  • March in D (Gd 3)
  • Polonaise in D minor (Gd 4)

Tutorial videos

External links to tutorial videos hosted by String Virtuoso

Minuet in D

Minuet in G minor

Minuet in C

Polonaise in D minor

Minuet in A minor

March in D

First Minuet in D minor

March in B flat

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