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Overture in the French Style  (1731)

An arrangement by Mark Starr for Baroque orchestra
of the final movement of the Partita in B minor in the French Style, BWV 831

Johann Sebastian Bach

link to biography of Johann Sebastian Bach

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link to sheet music online of Mark Starr's orchestral arrangement of Bach's Overture in the French Style, BWV 831

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Overture in the French Style, BWV 831,

for Baroque orchestra

(from the Partita in B minor for 2-manual harpsichord)


composed in 1731

arranged for chamber (Baroque) orchestra by Mark Starr

The Overture in the French Style is the colossal first movement of Bach's Partita in B minor, BWV 831. Originally composed by Bach for a 2-manual harpsichord, Mark Starr has arranged this French overture for Baroque orchestra -- that is, for oboe, oboe d'amore, English horn, 2 bassons, strings and harpsichord continuo.


duration 8 minutes (without second repeat); 14 minutes (with second repeat)