Apr 4, 2013

The Piazza Maggiore in Bologna, Italy

The musical partita originally referred to a single-instrument piece of music popular in the 16th and 17th centuries, not unlike today’s sonata, but J.S. Bach also used the name for collections of musical pieces as a synonym for suite. 

Interestingly, partita also refers to a Tarot card game from the 17th century popular in the Bologna region of Italy.