Of Bach’s four Orchestral Suites, the Suite No. 1 in C Major (BWV 1066) is the one that includes the Forlane. It appears right in the middle of the Suite as the fourth of seven movements.
A forlane, or furlana, is a quick, Italian folk dance that may have originated as a Slavonic dance. It was originally a courtship dance, performed by a couple.
Was Bach experimenting, yet again? Or was there a particular reason why he chose to insert the Forlane in his Suite No. 1? We may never know, but the result is lovely.
Enjoy this performance by Ton Koopman and the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra.