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Air on the G String, for 4 solo contrabasses

By Johann Sebastian Bach

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Four Double Bass Soloists - Advanced - Digital Download
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750). Arranged by Paul SanGregory (桑磊栢). Baroque Period. 9 pages. Published by Distant Engraver Music (S0.776443).

Item Number: S0.776443

In this arrangement of J. S. Bach’s famous Air, the four parts of the original string orchestra are played by four solo contrabasses. The two upper bass parts take turns playing the soaring primary melody while the two lower parts alternate in playing the famous bass line. With only slight modifications and an occasional omission, all of Bach’s original counterpoint is used in a way that preserves clarity and lightness even though the overall range has been compressed for the basses. Both the 1st and 2nd bass parts require performers to play in the high solo register, playing up to high Eb and D respectively. The original key of D major has been transposed to F major for this arrangement.

The score and all four parts are included in a single PDF download.

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