» Giga from Partita No.II in D minor, BWV 1004
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Partita No.II in D minor, BWV 1004 by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750). Bach started composing his Sonatas & Partitas for solo violin in 1703. Partita No. II in D minor was written between 1717-1723 and some scholars suggest to have been written in memory of Bach’s first wife, Maria Barbara Bach. This work is mostly known for its grand Ciaccona, the concluding movement. However the Allemanda, Sarabanda and Giga make a nice suite when performed together. J.S. Bach is recognized as one of the greatest classical composers. It’s a shame that Bach was never introduced to the mandolin or mandolino. His works for lute are wonderful and his solo works for violin transfer to the mandolin well. A true testament to Bach’s beautiful melodies is that they suit any instrument they are played on.