J.S. BACH – Sicut locutus est, from the ‘Magnificat’ – for SIX CELLOS, all performed by Håvard Bilsbak
This is the Bach that was lacking on my own You Tube channel!
The Magnificat in D Major, BWV 243 by Johann Sebastian Bach is truly a jewel of the oratorio repertoire. Originally written in 1723 in E flat Major and first performed on Christmas Day, 1723, at the Thomaskirche in Leipzig under the composer’s direction. Bach subsequently revised the work substantially (1728–31), David Johnstone has prepared two movements for a cello sextet (or for larger cello ensemble).
ALL parts performed by Håvard Roos Bilsbak
Movement 11 – “Sicut locutus est ad patres nostros Abraham et semini ejus in saecula” / a Fugal movement (in D Major)
In Johnstone’s hand, the first two cello parts use a fair amount of thumb position, but are fully playable for moderate to advanced players. The other parts are technically easier. All parts have bowing suggestions for convenience; these are conceived in an instrumental rather than in a choral way.
David Johnstone affectionately dedicates these new ‘creations’ to his friend, the German cellist MATTHIAS WEINMANN, a long-time cellist in the Liceo Opera Orchestra of Barcelona
Sheet music available for download at a symbolic price on the website “Johnstone-Music”