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Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750): CONCERTO FOR TWO VIOLINS IN D MINOR, BWV 1043 ("Double Violin Concerto"): I. Vivace
Jaap Schröder and Christopher Hirons, violins; The Academy of Ancient Music; Christopher Hogwood, conductor. Johann Sebastian Bach: Double Concertos (Decca)
Bach doubled down on the concerto genre when he wrote his Concerto for Two Violins in D minor (better known as his Double Violin Concerto) while working in the city of Cöthen. He was employed at Prince Leopold’s court there, and had the opportunity to compose lots of secular music. His double violin concerto was performed for the Prince in Cöthen by the two best violinists in his court. However, when Bach took his next job in Leipzig, most of his compositional attention was spent on composing sacred music. Although not writing it, Bach did often perform secular music in Leipzig, at the Collegium Musicum at the keyboard. For ease, Bach would simply re-arrange some of his earlier music. While in Leipzig, Bach rearranged his Double Violin Concerto for two harpsichords, and also transposed the work down a step to C minor.