Air on the G String

BWV 1068

J. S. Bach (1685-1750)
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“Air on the G String” is the second movement of Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major (BWV 1068). And like most of his pieces, it has a layer of melodies that weave together in a way that creates a tapestry of music. The first arrangement that carried this title (which was by August Wilhelmj in the late 19th century) was brought down from the original key to C major. And since then, it has become one Bach’s most well-known pieces. This arrangement for string quartet uses many of the common motifs that the piece has utilized throughout the years, and the score has been transposed back to the original key of D major.

Score ID
J. S. Bach (1685-1750)
Year of composition
Year of arrangement
Difficult (Grades 7+)
5 minutes
String quartet
Classical music
Instrumental parts

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