Johan Helmich Roman (1694-1758)

12 sviter för cembalo [12 suites for harpsichord]

BeRI 225-236

[Suite] I in E-flat major [BeRI 225]
[Suite] II in D major [BeRI 226]
[Suite] III in G major [BeRI 227]
[Suite] IV in D major [BeRI 228]
[Suite] V in G minor [BeRI 229]
[Suite] VI in B major [BeRI 230]
[Suite] VII in F major [BeRI 231]
[Suite] VIII in A major [BeRI 232]
[Suite] IX in D minor [BeRI 233]
[Suite] X in D major [BeRI 234]
[Suite] XI in F minor [BeRI 235]
[Suite] XII in E minor [BeRI 236]

  • Year of composition: Year of composition uncertain
  • Work category: Harpsichord
  • Arrangement/revision: Critical edition by Oskar Ekberg
  • Duration: Approx. 120-180 min
  • Detailed duration: 2 hours 39 minutes (according to BIS CD 669/670)

Examples of printed editions

Swedish Musical Heritage
Vretblad, Patrik (Ed.): 12 sviter för piano (cembalo) [vol. I/vol. II]. Stockholm: Nordiska musikförlaget, 1947
Unger, Anderz (Ed.): Klaversonater. Stockholm: Proprius Musik, 1996
Hinsch, Hermann (Ed.), 12 Harpsichord Sonatas, BeRI 225-236. Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial 3.0, 2002

  • Location autograph: Musik- och teaterbiblioteket
  • Possible call no. and autograph comment: Romansamlingen [the Roman collection], MAB:Ro no. 58

Description of work

• [Suite] I [BeRI 225]: Allegro E-flat major 4/4 (C) - Adagio 4/4 (C) - Non tanto 3/4 - Vivace 3/4 - E-flat minor - Allegro E-flat major 4/4 (C) - Adagio 4/4 (C) - Non tanto 3/4 - Vivace 3/4
• [Suite] II [BeRI 226]: (no tempo marking) D major 4/4 (C) - Lento non troppo A minor 3/4 - Allegro moderato D major 3/4 - Non troppo allegro D major 3/8 - Presto D major 6/8
• [Suite] III [BeRI 227]: Largo G major 3/4 – Allegretto G minor 4/4 (C) – Allegro assai G major alla breve – Minuet G major 6/8
• [Suite] IV [BeRI 228]: Lento D major 6/8 – Carillon: Allegro D major 4/4 (C) – Non troppo adagio B minor 4/4 (C) – (no tempo marking) D major alla breve – Allegretto D major 6/8 – Presto D major 6/8 – Villanella: (no tempo marking) D major 3/4
• [Suite] V [BeRI 229]: Con spirito G minor 4/4 (C) – Lento E-flat major 6/8 – Vivace G minor 6/8 – Lento G major 3/4 – Ad libitum: Andante G minor 3/4
• [Suite] VI [BeRI 230]: (no tempo marking) B major 4/4 (C) – Andante D minor 4/4 (C) – Vivace B major 6/8 – Adagio [B major 6/8]
• [Suite] VII [BeRI 231]: Moderato F major 4/4 (C) – Vivace F major 3/8 – Allegro F major 6/8
• [Suite] VIII [BeRI 232]: Commodo A major 4/4 (C) – Lento A major 3/4 – Vivace A major 3/4 – Scozzese: Vivace A minor 4/4 (C)
• [Suite] IX [BeRI 233]: (no tempo marking) D minor 4/4 (C) – Adagio D minor 4/4 (C) - (no tempo marking) D minor 3/8 – Lento D major 6/8
• [Suite] X [BeRI 234]: Adagio D major 4/4 (C) – Come Alla breve D major 4/4 (C) - (no tempo marking) B major alla breve – Tempo di Menuetto D major 6/8
• [Suite] XI [BeRI 235]: (no tempo marking) F minor 4/4 (C) - (no tempo marking) F minor 3/8 – Lento poco A-flat major 6/8 – (no tempo marking) F minor alla breve
• [Suite] XII [BeRI 236]: Allegro E minor 4/4 (C) - (no tempo marking) A minor 4/4 (C) - (no tempo marking) E minor 9/8


Work comment

The collection includes the following works (all for harpsichord):
Suite I-XII [BeRI 225-236]
Allegro in C minor [BeRI 256]
Sonata in C major [BeRI 215]
Prelude in A major [BeRI 251]
[Prelude in A minor] [BeRI 245]
Aria in A minor [BeRI 246]
16 minuets [BeRI 261-275 + 258]