Picture this: Bach returns home after a few months of visit to his friend.

Contrary to the expected cheerfulness, there is terrible tension and sadness on the faces of his family members and friends.

Someone burst in tears. Someone maybe hugs Johann before revealing the unrevealable:

"Maria Barbara has died…"

His wife, who was absolutely healthy and nothing alarmed the tragedy when Bach left, suddenly passed away.

How would you feel?

Is this why the next Cello suite, the No 5, is written in the darkest of the keys and Bach goes even further and restrings it to sound even darker and harsher?

And in what depths of sadness and pain such a Sarabande could have ever been born?

We will probaly never know…

Thank you for joining me on this journey.

Let this music help you overcome pain. Play this music, and help others.

I've stumbled upon this LIVE audio recording from my performance on 12/02/2012 in Germany, Kirchheim.

Publishing this recording as is would be misleading, because you would automatically assume it is played on the standard modern day cello, rather than on the cello for which Bach wrote this music.

(If you did not know, don't worry. Not your fault. Simply play the video and you will discover).

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  • Chris Devine

    I always thought it was #2 that was in reaction to the loss of Barbara. Its prelude is the saddest of them all, I think…thank you for educating me. 1720 was quite a year for his output, though. Agree that the Cm Sarabande is something else….on the face of it, the ‘easiest’ of all 36 movements and yet, almost the hardest of all to make work. Fun to hear this recording!

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