6 Suites Pour Violoncelle Seul 

Senza Basso 

BWV 1007-1012

.missing the original Manuscript... 

J.S. BACH's original manuscript of the Cello Suites has not been found (yet..?).

Fortunately, four manuscript copies from the XVIIIth century survived.

We refer to each facsimile with a letter: 

A, B, C and D (see below)

Because these copies differ from each other, different interpretations of the slurs can be made. As of today, we count more than 90 editions of the cello suites. The choice of bowing and articulation is an endless debate for a cellist. 

The only manuscript reference from J.S Bach is the Luth version of the Suite number 5 called "Pieces pour la luth à Monsieur Schouster" BWV 995 


the 4 Sources

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by A.M. BACH, first half of the 18th century.


by Johann Peter Kellner, first half of the 18th century


often refered as the Westphal copy.  2 different autors,  mid  18th century



autor unknown, from the end of the 18th century