Trio

Johann Sebastian Bach

Trio in G major

BWV586

About this work

This tiny piece was belatedly discovered by Max Seiffert and published in 1904. It isn't original Bach, but an organ transcription of a composition by Telemann. It's an allegro in binary form, the second section being an elaborate answer to the bright, ascending phrase that dominates the first. Frankly, this is not prime Bach or Telemann; the principal theme proceeds in short, gasping phrases; the counterpoint is thin; and the lower voices are lugubrious. It's a pleasant enough way to pass two minutes, but the piece is of greater interest as an exercise for organists than as concert music.

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