Concerto in D minor for 2 Violins BWV 1043 (Double Violin Concerto)
Johann Sebastian Bach

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The highest of Bach's 11 entries in the Ultimate Hall of Fame. This peaked at number 21 in 1999.

Composed in 1717, the Bach Double, as it is often called, came with Bach from his previous job in Köthen, but seven years after he had arrived in Leipzig, he made a transcription for two harpsichords. Many of Bach's orchestrations were for purely pragmatic reasons, so we might presume that none of the three fiddlers were up to playing it in its original form. However, when the Köthen version of the work was lost, Bach specialists were able to reconstruct it from the harpsichord version. The slow movement is surely one of Bach's most sublime creations.