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Air from the Suite No. 3 in D for solo Oboe & Orchestra

Composer
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) Edited by Keith Terrett
Arranger
Difficulty
Moderate (Grades 4-6)
Duration
4 minutes
Genre
Classical music
Instrumentation
String orchestra
Instrumental parts
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A new arrangement of Bach’s immortal Air on the G String set for solo Oboe and String Orchestra.

An excellent piece for your next concert, if you would like to give your audience a Beecham style lollipop!

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, Wilhelmj 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.

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