This edition of J. S. Bach's Suites for Unaccompanied Cello I-IV, edited by Haim Avistur and Robert Cuckson is intended to serve as a performance edition and is based on recent scholarship. Trombonists may use these beautiful Baroque works to improve their musicianship and technique, as they are quite different from the usual Trombone solo fare. Because they were written for a stringed instrument, the technique is challenging, but the genius of Bach's music more than makes up for this challenge.
All four suites are in bass clef and they are of moderate difficulty and higher.
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YouTube live performance from 2006 by Haim Avitsur of the Allemande from Suite 2
Revered for their intellectual depth, technical command and artistic beauty, Bach's works include the Brandenburg concertos, the Goldberg Variations, the
Partitas, The Well-Tempered Clavier, the Mass in B Minor, the St Matthew Passion, the St John Passion, the Magnificat, The Musical Offering, The Art of Fugue,
the English and French Suites, the Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin, the Cello Suites, more than 200 surviving cantatas, and a similar number of organ
works, including the celebrated Toccata and Fugue in D minor and Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor.
Bach's abilities as an organist were highly respected throughout Europe during his lifetime, although he was not widely recognised as a great composer until a
revival of interest and performances of his music in the first half of the 19th century. He is now generally regarded as the supreme composer of the Baroque
style, and as one of the greatest composers of all time.
In the ‘09-‘10 and ‘10-‘11 seasons, Haim Avitsur premiered a
trombone/shofar concerto composed by Meira Warshauer with orchestras
including the USC Symphony Orchestra, the Brevard Philharmonic, the
Wilmington Symphony Orchestra and the Western Piedmont Symphony
Orchestra. Other upcoming engagements include a performance of John
Mackey’s Harvest – Concerto for Trombone, with the West Chester University
Wind Ensemble and a solo performance with the Dayton Philharmonic.
Haim Avitsur was the only trombonist named a 2005 and 2007 Emerging
Artist by Symphony Magazine. Haim Avitsur’s recent concerto CD recording,
Living Breathing Earth - Music by Meira Warshaer, can be purchased HERE.
Sonatas for Trombone and Piano by David Loeb, is available on the Vienna
Modern Masters Label. Mr. Avitsur is a clinician for the Edwards Instrument