Bach’s Six Suites for Unaccompanied Cello are thought to be part of the compositional inspiration for 20th century composer, Benjamin Britten and his Three Suites for Unaccompanied Cello. But it is really more complicated than that.
Britten was also greatly inspired by the foremost cellist of his day, Mstislav Rostropovich. “Slava” was a noted Bach interpreter. Britten and Rostropovich became close musical friends and collaborated on at least five of Britten’s works. Interestingly, Britten also composed a work entitled, Prelude & Fugue for 18 strings, Op. 29.
The intertwining between Bach and composers that followed him seems to have no end!