The orchestra suite (earlier referred to as an overture) is in its style and the continuity of its movements far removed from the strict polyphonic form such as illustrated in the canzone and the fugue, as well as from the more expressive style of the trio sonata or the later solo sonata.
We have inherited a rich collection of suite music from the period 1680-1750, and it is important that we make use of it today. The obliging form of the suite makes it possible for every musician to play because it presents no technical problems, another advantage being that the individual parts are easily filled. When played at home the parts are normally filled by strings, but wind instruments of all kinds can be used in combination or instead of the strings.
It is unnecessary to point out that the suite is an ideal form of music for school and amateur orchestra performances. More than any other type of composition it is recommended for musical instruction, and especially when playing in an ensemble for the first practice in ensemble playing.
- Johann Caspar Ferdinand Fischer 1656 - 1746
- Score with one of each part (Violin I,II; Viola [da gamba] I,II; Cello; Cembalo) and separate string parts available for sale