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Suite No 2, in B minor, for flute and strings
Concerto in C minor, for violin, oboe, and strings
Cantata No. 106: Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit
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Bach wrote four Suites for orchestra, though he himself called them Overtures, taking the title, of the opening movement as that of the whole Suite. No. 2 in B minor has an extended overture in the French style, consisting of a brilliant Allegro preceded and followed by a slow section. The succeeding movements comprise a Rondo, a Sarabande, two Bourrees, a Polonaise, a Minuet and Badinerie.
The Concerto in C minor is usually played on two claviers with string orchestra, but according to the German musicologist Max Seiffert , it was originally designed for violin, oboe, and strings.
Cantata No. 106, ' God's time is the best time,' was composed at Weimar and is a funeral cantata, though it is not known for whose death it was written. In Parry's words, it is ' one of the earliest of Bach's works of this kind which has taken a very deep hold on the affections of musicians.'
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