The Brandenburg Concerto no. 3 in G major BWV 1048 is written for three violins, three violas, three cellos and continuo.
How does Bach use these instruments?
All three instruments play in unison:
Playing the same rhythm but using harmonic intervals:
Using imitations among the three instruments:
One of the instruments as the principal soloist:
All instruments are not always active:
We have used examples from violins, but violas and cellos are used similarly, although cellos make less divisi than violins and violas.
The concert consists of two movements:
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