Arioso for Keyboard (Piano, Harpsichord, Cembalo, Organ)

By: Johann Sebastian Bach
For: Solo instrument (Harpsichord)
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Composer
Johann Sebastian Bach
Difficulty
Moderate (Grades 4-6)
Duration
1 minute
Genre
Classical music
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Arioso by Johann Sebastian Bach arranged for Cello & Piano. This is the semi-pro version, there are other versions are in a higher and lower tessitura.

The term arioso, which in Italian literally means ‛airy’, designates a style of solo opera singing between recitative and aria. Arguably the famous arioso ever composed, today’s piece serves as the opening sinfonia of cantata BWV 156 by Johann Sebastian Bach.

One of the greatest composers of all time. Bach wrote hundreds of pieces for organ, choir, as well as many other instruments. He spent most of his life as a church organist and a choir director. His music combines profound expression with clever musico-mathematical feats, like fugues and canons in which the same melody is played against itself in various ways. Arioso is a type of solo vocal piece, usually occurring in an opera or oratorio, falling somewhere between recitative and aria in style. Literally, arioso means airy. The term arose in the 16th century .

This piece is one of the most famous ariosos and serves as the sinfonia of his cantata, Ich steh mit einem Fuss im Grabe, BWV 156, as well as the middle movement of the Harpsichord Concerto, BWV 1056.

rioso means airy. In musical terminology, arioso is a type of solo vocal piece which would occur in an opera. Arioso is a composition that is close to those of speech, like reciting a poem but not leaning on repetitive pattern. Although it is originally a vocal form, the term arioso was extended to instrumental compositions of the same melodic character. One of the most famous instrumental ariosos was composed by Johann Sebastian Bach, and serves as the sinfonia of his cantata, Ich steh mit einem Fuß im Grabe, BWV 156, as well as the middle movement of the Harpsichord Concerto, BWV 1056.

Oh, right, for those of you who are curious what BWV is, BWV stands for Bach- Werke-Verzeichnis or Bach Works Catalogue. BWV followed by the work’s number does not show chronology but thematic.

Arioso means airy. In musical terminology, arioso is a type of solo vocal piece which would occur in an opera. Arioso is a composition that is close to those of speech, like reciting a poem but not leaning on repetitive pattern. Although it is originally a vocal form, the term arioso was extended to instrumental compositions of the same melodic character. One of the most famous instrumental ariosos was composed by Johann Sebastian Bach, and serves as the sinfonia of his cantata, Ich steh mit einem Fuß im Grabe, BWV 156, as well as the middle movement of the Harpsichord Concerto, BWV 1056.

Oh, right, for those of you who are curious what BWV is, BWV stands for Bach- Werke-Verzeichnis or Bach Works Catalogue. BWV followed by the work’s number does not show chronology but thematic.

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