Air from the Suite No. 3 in D for Viola & String Orchestra

Composer
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) Edited by Keith Terrett
Arranger
Joel Jacklich
Parts
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An arrangement of J.S.Bach's Air on the G String arranged for Viola & String Orchestra.

Air on the G String is August Wilhelmj's arrangement of the second movement in Johann Sebastian Bach's Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068.

The original orchestral suite was written by Bach for his patron Prince Leopold of Anhalt some time between the years 1717 and 1723.

The title comes from violinist August Wilhelmj's late 19th century arrangement of the piece for violin and piano. By transposing the key of the piece from its original D major to C major and transposing the melody down an octave, Wilhelm was able to play the piece on only one string of his violin, the G string.

Later, a spurious story was put about that the melody was always intended to be played on the G string alone.

The Air on the G String was the first work by Bach ever to be recorded. This was by the Russian cellist Aleksandr Verzhbilovich and an unknown pianist, in 1902 (as the Air from the Overture No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068).


Score ID
154898
Composer
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) Edited by Keith Terrett
Arranger
Joel Jacklich
Difficulty
Moderate (Grades 4-6)
Duration
4 minutes
Instrumentation
Orchestra + solo Viola
Genre
Classical music
Instrumental parts
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