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Originally, these now world-famous Suites were composed for cello. There is no known autograph of the pieces in Bach©s own hand, but two manuscript copies © one from the 1730s, by Anna Magdalena, Bach©s second wife, the other by Johann Peter Kellner, a Thuringen organist and a pupil of Bach©s are considered authoritative. Anna Magdalena©s hand is so similar to her husband©s that some musicologists actually think she wrote the title-page only, in which case that manuscript would be the original version of the Suites as for the second manuscript, dated 1726, it is less widely known and differs much from the former. 20 pages. Written in Standard Notation. NO TAB.
Everybody now agrees that these Suites for unaccompanied cello originated during Bach©s stay at Cothen (1717-1723), where his main employment was directed toward writing and performing chamber music. During this period, he composed the Brandenburg Concertos, the first volume of the Well-tempered Klavier, the first four French Suites, and the Suites & Partitas for unaccompanied violin. As the latter are dated 1720 and bear the title ©libro primo© (first book), many people think that the ©libro secondo: would have been © logically © the Cello Suites.