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PolyU Orchestra • Music Connects – Baroque Concerto Series – Keyboard Concerto No 4 in A major, BWV 1055

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Piano Concerto
  • Date

    18 Nov 2021

  • Organiser

    Culture Promotion Committee

  • Time

    00:00 - 00:00

  • Venue



Baroque Concerto series

Johann Sebastian BachKeyboard Concerto No 4 in A major, BWV 1055


I Allegro

II Larghetto

III Allegro ma non tanto


Piano Solo:

Shirley Lo Tsz-kei

Student, School of Nursing


Writing concertos for keyboard was not as popular among Baroque composers as for violin or wind instruments. Presumably the tone of the harpsichord, the main keyboard instrument of the time, was not easy to highlight in ensemble playing. However, Bach set a precedent for transcribing concertos that were originally written for various other instruments into keyboard concertos, implementing the art of orchestration and harmony to bring the harpsichord – usually an accompanying instrument providing figured bass – to the fore as a solo instrument, and laying the foundation for piano concertos in the future.


Bach wrote the Keyboard Concerto in A major while he was the director of the Leipzig student ensemble, the Collegium Musicum. A flowing melody flourishes in the first movement, the slow second movement is in dance form, and the whole piece concludes with the beauty and briskness of the third movement.





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