On That Note: A Bach Cello Extravaganza

Apr 2, 2018

Johann Sebastian Bach's 6 Suites for Unaccompanied Cello are masterworks of the Baroque era. They are beautiful to hear and fiendishly difficult to play, and they are considered among the greatest of Bach's many brilliant compositions.

Each suite contains six movements, and performing just one of them during a concert requires a great deal of concentration and skill on the part of the cellist. But to perform all six during a single concert? That's a marathon.

Contributor Robert Cohen takes a break from his training to talk with us about the glory, and challenge, of playing Bach on this month's On That Note: