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Bach—Brandenburg Concerto No. 2

Lecture no. 3 from the course: The 30 Greatest Orchestral Works

Bach—Brandenburg Concerto No. 2

Taught by Professor Robert Greenberg | 44 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online Music & Fine Art Courses

Follow Bach’s career as he navigates the challenges of musical life in Baroque Germany. Also learn about the writing, loss, and rediscovery of the six beloved Brandenburg Concerti. In the Brandenburg No. 2’s opening movement, discover Bach’s brilliant interpretation of ritornello form, using four solo instruments in complex interactions with each other and the orchestra. Study key passages of the second-movement “nocturne” and the majestic concluding fugue, with its echoes of the ritornello theme.


August 17, 2015
I never truly appreciated the Brandenburg Concertos until watching this lecture. It was always good, pleasing, if overly familiar classical music. But Prof. Greenberg elevated them, making me hear them in a totally new light (so to speak). Another genius lecture from Greenberg, making you hear as if with new ears.