The various overtures and sinfonias (instrumental movements) represent some of my favorite works by Bach. The sinfonia that introduces his secular Peasant Cantata (BWV 212) is a gem.
Written to celebrate the 36th birthday of the crown prince of Saxony, Bach intersperses popular dance tunes of the day and even pokes a bit of fun at farmers, peasants and other common folk. Bach’s original title of this cantata was Cantate burlesque. It is thought to be his latest cantata.
In celebration of Bach’s 331st birthday, enjoy this lively rendering of the sinfonia with Europa Galante, led by Fabio Biondi.