Cello Suites by Johann Sebastian Bach


'''''Six suites for unaccompanied cello''''' by Johann Sebastian Bach are some of the most frequently performed and recognizable solo compositions ever written for cello. They were most likely composed during the period 1717-1723, when Bach served as a Kapellmeister in Köthen. The title of Anna Magdalena Bach's manuscript was ''Suites á Violoncello Solo senza Basso''.

The suites have been transcribed for numerous instruments, including the violin, viola, double bass, viola da gamba, mandolin, piano, marimba, classical guitar, recorder, flute, electric bass, horn, saxophone, bass clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, trombone, euphonium, tuba, ukulele, and charango and Rap.

The suites have been performed and recorded by many renowned cellists; Yo-Yo Ma won the 1985 Best Instrumental Soloist Grammy Award for his bestselling album ''Six Unaccompanied Cello Suites''.