Bach’s four Suites (or “ouvertures”) were probably written between 1725 and 1738 in Leipzig and performed at the famous coffeehouse concerts by the Collegium Musicum, directed by the composer.

The fourth suite begins with a magnificent overture, consisting of a resplendent, processional introduction followed by a fuga alla gigue in 9/8 meter which displays Bach’s supreme mastery of counterpoint as well as brilliant virtuoso writing for the whole orchestra.

There are then a lively BourrĂ©e, a sturdy Gavotte, and a graceful Minuet, the last having a central section scored for solo strings. The suite ends with a show-stopping finale entitled “rejouissance,” which bubbles over with joyous high spirits.

Suite No. 4 in D Major, BWV 1069
By Johann Sebastian Bach