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Sheet Music: Air on the G String

TitleAir on the G String
from Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major
Alternate titlesAir on a G String
Opus numberBWV 1068, Mvmt. 2
ComposerJohann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)
InstrumentationFlute and Piano
KeyD major
RangeA4–C♮6
Time signature4/4
Tempo34 BPM
Performance time4:15
Difficulty levelintermediate
Download printable scorePDF Sheet Music (113 kB) (preview)
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Date added2009-05-13
Last updated2010-05-15
CategoriesBaroque, Show-off pieces, Wedding music

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Wednesday 13 May 2009

Tune of the Day: Air on the G String

from J.S. Bach's Orchestral Suite No. 3

Johann Sebastian Bach composed his Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068, for his patron Prince Leopold of Anhalt sometime between the years 1717 and 1723.

The name “Air on the G String” 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. The name “Air on the G String”, however, has today more or less taken the meaning of any arrangement of Bach's Air.