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PDF files available of movements from the Bach Cello Suites
in a performing edition for trombone by Douglas Yeo

The Cello Suites of J. S. Bach are masterpieces of western music, and pieces which figure prominently each day of my life. I speak about these magnificent works in my FAQ on the Bach Cello Suites. There are many excellent editions of the Suites, including several for trombone, but in the three decades I have worked on this music, I have formulated my own concept of how to perform them on trombone. None of the existing versions of the Suites seem to me to take into account the proper balance of fidelity to the original source and practical considerations needed when playing on trombone.

For years, I have played the Suites off clean copies of the music without ties or phrase marks, allowing me to re-interpret the music in a fresh way each time. In response to many requests, I have decided to embark upon publishing my own performing edition of the Suites for trombone. However, instead of publishing this new edition with one of the many fine print publishers I have worked with in the past, I have decided to publish the edition online, and offer it to players at no cost.

I began this project on Good Friday, April 13, 2001. It is a day full of significance for me. As a Christian, it is a day of contemplation of the mystery of the death of the incarnate Son of God, Jesus Christ, as he atoned for sin past, present and future. As part of my personal devotion on this important day - which preceeds the inexpressible joy of Easter Sunday just hours away - I always listen to the St. Matthew Passion of J. S. Bach, which in my mind is perhaps the most significant, important, and inspired work in the history of music. My contemplation of Bach's music on Good Friday 2001 led me to think of his Cello Suites, and the fact that they, too, have theological significance (see Ge Bartman's article "Christian Symbplism in the First Three Preludes of Johann Sebastian Bach's Six Suites for Cello Solo" which is available as part of Anner Bylsma's excellent book, Bach, The Fencing Master. So, I have decided to begin to edit the Suites according to the way I currently interpret them and to publish them on my website for free access, notwithstanding the fact that I will likely continue to revise and alter my interpretation as time goes on, even on a daily basis. The interpretation in these files is by no means the last word - or even the best work - on performance of the Bach Cello Suites. But they are A way, and a way which perhaps may resonate with other players as it does with me.

These files are offered for download at no cost. They may be printed and freely distributed. However, they are still copyrighted by me, and each movement carries a copyright notice. The files may not be sold or published, and may not be included in any collections of teaching materials or books without my permission.

Enjoy. Soli Deo Gloria.

BACH: Cello Suite No. 1: Prelude (first movement)
BACH: Cello Suite No. 1: Courante (third movement)
BACH: Cello Suite No. 1: Sarabande (fourth movement)
BACH: Cello Suite No. 1: Menuet I & II (fifth movement)
BACH: Cello Suite No. 1: Gigue (sixth movement)
BACH: Cello Suite No. 2: Prelude (first movement)
BACH: Cello Suite No. 2: Allemande (second movement)
BACH: Cello Suite No. 2: Courante (third movement)
BACH: Cello Suite No. 2: Sarabande (fourth movement)
BACH: Cello Suite No. 2: Menuet I & II (fifth movement)
BACH: Cello Suite No. 2: Gigue (sixth movement)
BACH: Cello Suite No. 3: Bourree I & II (fifth movement)
BACH: Cello Suite No. 3: Gigue (sixth movement)
BACH: Cello Suite No. 4: Sarabande (fourth movement)
BACH: Cello Suite No. 5: Sarabande (fourth movement)
BACH: Cello Suite No. 6: Sarabande (fourth movement)


PDF files available from The Bass Trombonist's Orchestral Handbook


BACH: Sarabande from Cello Suite No. 5

BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 9

BERLIOZ: Hungarian March

FRANCK: Symphony in d minor - Excerpt 1

FRANCK: Symphony in d minor - Excerpt 2

HAYDN: The Creation - No. 26

ROSSINI: La Gazza Ladra Overture - Excerpt 1

ROSSINI: La Gazza Ladra Overture - Excerpt 2

ROSSINI: La Gazza Ladra Overture - Excerpt 3

ROSSINI: William Tell Overture

SCHUMANN: Symphony No. 3, "Rhenish"

R. STRAUSS: Ein Heldenleben - Excerpt 1

R. STRAUSS: Ein Heldenleben - Excerpt 2

R. STRAUSS: Ein Heldenleben - Excerpt 3

R. STRAUSS: Ein Heldenleben - Excerpt 4

R. STRAUSS: Till Eulenspiegel - Excerpt 1

R. STRAUSS: Till Eulenspiegel - Excerpt 2

WAGNER: Das Rheingold - Scene 2 ("Valhalla" motive)

WAGNER: Das Rheingold - "Spear motive"

WAGNER: Das Rheingold - "Entrance of the gods into Valhalla

WAGNER: Die Walkure - "Ride of the Walkure" - B minor

WAGNER: Die Walkure - "Ride of the Walkure" - B major


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