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Bach Air on the G string solo guitar Bonell

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By Johann Sebastian Bach

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Guitar - Intermediate - Digital Download
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750). Arranged by Carlos Bonell. Classical Period, Baroque Period, Technique Training, Wedding, Funeral. Score. 4 pages. Published by Carlos Bonell (S0.1006659).

Item Number: S0.1006659

J.S.Bach Air (on the G string)

- arranged by Carlos Bonell for solo guitar -

*medium difficulty

*1 page text introduction

*notation with left and right hand fingering

*2 pages of music notation

This lovely tune from the Orchestral Suite no.3 in D major BWV1068 is the second movement of the suitecomposed by Bach around 1730 for strings and continuo (harpsichord and bass) but it's not hard to play on the guitar!

In 1871 AugustWilhelmj added on the G string to  the title and it has stuck. I have  arranged it in the original key of D major with adropped D tuning in the bass string, giving the piece a deep sonority.

The beauty of thepiece lies in the interweaving of the top voices against the slow moving bassline. In the score of the suite it is easy to show this by the separation ofinstruments, but in my solo guitar arrangement I have followed Bach’s exampleof making the music look easy to read by simplifying the part writing.

Carlos Bonell, 16thMarch 2021

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