Bach wrote his lute pieces in a traditional score rather than in lute tablature, and some believe that Bach played his lute pieces on the keyboard. No original script of the Suite in E minor for Lute by Bach is known to exist. However, in the collection of one of Bach's pupils, Johann Ludwig Krebs, there is one piece ("Praeludio – con la Suite da Gio: Bast. Bach") that has written "aufs Lauten Werck" ("for the lute-harpsichord") in unidentified handwriting.

Date of composition 1717 (1712–1717, unsure)
First published 1866
Type Suite
Tonality E Minor
Catalogue BWV 996
Instruments Lute
Autotranslations beta Jean-Sébastien Bach: Suite en mi mineur, BWV 996
Johann Sebastian Bach: Suite in mi minore, BWV 996
Johann Sebastian Bach: Suite e-moll, BWV 996