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The fifth of Bach's keyboard suites "for the English" follows the usual pattern, a series of French dance movements given a Germanic contrapuntal twist. This is evident right from the Prélude, a three-voice fugue that gets straight down to business with grim determination (one of the few examples in these suites of minor-mode music that actually sounds troubled).
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Like each of its five brothers, J.S. Bach's French Suite No. 2 in C minor, BWV is not French at all, but actually a true German-style, multi-movement keyboard suite. Composed sometime during the late Cöthen or early Leipzig years (ca - ), it was included, as were all six of the French Suites save the last, in the composer's Clavierbüchlein for Anna Magdalena Bach.
The French Suites, BWV –, are six suites which Johann Sebastian Bach wrote for the clavier (harpsichord or clavichord) between the years of and Although Suites Nos. 1 to 4 are typically dated to , it is possible that the first was written somewhat earlier.
Some of Bach's keyboard compositions during his time in Cöthen were not written for the court, including the so-called French Suites, the first five of which appear in the Little Notebook for Anna Magdalena. Written in , the Suites open the book of instructional material. Here, and in other manuscripts, the works are entitled, "Suites pour le Clavessin" (Suites for the Cembalo, .
As always in Bach's French Suites, this work begins with an Allemande, Courante, and Sarabande. The Allemande is warm and flowing, a stream of arpeggios that tend to eddy in the harpsichord's upper reaches, with the harmony often pooling at the lower extreme.