Suite Music Recordings

In music, the terms 'suite' refers to a set of instrumental pieces, written for either a soloist. or a group of players (chamber orchestra, band, symphonic orchestra). The first suites date from the 14th century, and were often a simple set of ordered dances. By the Baroque period, though, the suite had become an important musical form, with a tonal relation between pieces. Terms that were often interchangeably used with 'suite' were 'ordre', 'partita', and sometimes 'overture'. During the Classical and early Romantic periods, the Suite fell out of use, with the symphony being a much more popular -and structurally coherent- type of multi movement work. The form was later revived in a slightly different form, no longer incorporating dances but simply many movements, or extracts from Operas and Ballets, or incidental music.

Title Composer Instrument Period Ratings
3 Suites in Canonic Form for 2 Violins, Op. 11 Ernst Halven Violin Romantic
8 Great Suites, HWV 426-433 Georg Friedrich Händel Piano Baroque
10 Woodland Sketches, Op. 51 Edward MacDowell Piano Late 19th century
A Greeting to My Homeland Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka Piano Romantic
Asturias (Leyenda), from Suite española Op. 47 (guitar arr.) Isaac Albéniz Guitar Late 19th century
Ballet Scenes, Op. 52 Aleksandr Glazunov Orchestra Romantic
Buxtiana Denis Pisarevsky Organ 21st Century
Carmen Suite no. 1 Georges Bizet Orchestra Romantic
Carmen Suite no. 2 Georges Bizet Orchestra Romantic
Cello Suite no. 1, BWV 1007, guitar arr. Johann Sebastian Bach Guitar Baroque
Cello Suite no. 1 in G, BWV 1007 Johann Sebastian Bach Cello Baroque
Cello Suite no. 2, BWV 1008, guitar arr. Johann Sebastian Bach Guitar Baroque
Cello Suite no. 3 in C, BWV 1009 Johann Sebastian Bach Cello Baroque
Cello suite no. 4, BWV 1010, guitar arr. Johann Sebastian Bach Guitar Baroque
Cello Suite no. 4 in Eb, BWV 1010 Johann Sebastian Bach Cello Baroque
Cello Suite no. 5 in Cm, BWV 1011 Johann Sebastian Bach Cello Baroque
Cello Suite no. 6 in D, BWV 1012 Johann Sebastian Bach Cello Baroque
Children's Corner, L. 113 Claude Debussy Piano Early 20th Century
Choral Improvisations for Organ, Op. 65 Sigfrid Karg-Elert Organ Early 20th Century
Concerts Royaux François Couperin Open Instrumentation Baroque
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Periods 20th Century · 21st Century · Baroque · Classical · Early 20th Century · Late 19th century · Renaissance · Romantic