Bach’s Concerto for Oboe and Violin in C Minor: A Lost Score Reconstructed

No original manuscript exists for J.S. Bach’s Concerto for Oboe and Violin in C minor. The lost score was reconstructed from Bach’s Concerto for Two Harpsichords, BWV 1060. According to musicologists, that work was almost certainly an arrangement of an earlier concerto in the same key for oboe and violin, dating from Bach’s years in Köthen (1717–1723).

Heard in its likely original form, the Concerto unleashes a vibrant musical conversation. The violin and oboe, each with its distinct persona, engage as equals. The first movement (Allegro) is filled with exuberant, weaving scale lines. As if to answer the violin’s virtuosic lines, the oboe has its say with repeated humorous echoing statements. The second movement (Adagio) is a tender and longing duet. The final movement (Allegro) erupts as a jubilant bourrée.

This performance features oboist Emma Black and violinist Shunske Sato with the Netherlands Bach Society:

This concert performance from December, 2019 was published recently as part of the Netherlands Bach Society’s ongoing All of Bach initiative. The project will conclude with a complete catalogue of J.S. Bach’s works in time for the Netherlands Bach Society’s centenary in 2022.

Featured Image: the vaulted ceiling of St Nicholas Church in Leipzig (photo by hpgruesen)

About Timothy Judd

A native of Upstate New York, Timothy Judd has been a member of the Richmond Symphony violin section since 2001. He is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music where he earned the degrees Bachelor of Music and Master of Music, studying with world renowned Ukrainian-American violinist Oleh Krysa.

The son of public school music educators, Timothy Judd began violin lessons at the age of four through Eastman’s Community Education Division. He was a student of Anastasia Jempelis, one of the earliest champions of the Suzuki method in the United States.

A passionate teacher, Mr. Judd has maintained a private violin studio in the Richmond area since 2002 and has been active coaching chamber music and numerous youth orchestra sectionals.

In his free time, Timothy Judd enjoys working out with Richmond’s popular SEAL Team Physical Training program.

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