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J.S. Bach: Arioso from Sinfonia BWV 156 for string bass and piano (ed. Kohn)

J.S. Bach: Arioso from Sinfonia BWV 156 for string bass and piano (ed. Kohn)

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About the Edition

A thoughtfully edited version of one of the gorgeous melodies from J.S. Bach's cantatas. Suitable for the intermediate student who is venturing into thumb position. Transcribed and edited for string bass and piano by Andrew Kohn.

Piano Parts in Orchestral and Solo Tuning are included. 

About the Composition

The first movement, a sinfonia, uses material that belonged to a “hypothetical oboe concerto” (BWV 1059). (Werner Breig, Cambridge Companion to Bach). Schulenberg notes that this movement was later arranged by Bach as the slow movement of the F minor Harpsichord Concerto. In the cantata version, the solo part is less ornamented than in the surviving harpsichord version.


About the Editor

Andrew Kohn teaches string bass, music theory, and Music in World Cultures at West Virginia University. He holds his Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh and received the only AD in double bass awarded by the Peabody Conservatory. His principal teachers included Eric Moe, Pablo Ortiz, Eugene Levinson, Eldon Obrecht, and Barry Green.

The former principal bassist of the National Chamber Orchestra and Harrisburg Symphonies, he is a member of the Pittsburgh Opera and Ballet Theatre Orchestras and an active soloist. His publications have appeared in the book On the Music of Stefan Wolpe (ed. Austin Clarkson) and the journals American String Teacher, Bass World, Double Reed, Fulcrum, Musica Hodie, Muzyka, and Perspectives of New Music; he has read papers at Wolpe Symposia and AMS and SEM conferences and has performed, lectured and adjudicated at international bass conventions.

He has recorded and edited for Music Minus One. His compositions have been broadcast nationally.

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