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

By: Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) Edited by Keith Terrett
For: Orchestra + solo Viola
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Composer
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) Edited by Keith Terrett
Year of composition
1717
Arranger
Keith Terrett
Year of arrangement
2014
Difficulty
Moderate (Grades 4-6)
Duration
4 minutes
Genre
Classical music
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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).

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