Bach to the Future: Air on the G String (BWV 1068); J. S. Bach, Live video and Animation

In this video

The second movement, Aria, from Bach’s orchestral suite in D Major, BWV 1068, performed on original instruments from the time of Bach by the Early Music ensemble Voices of Music. Music Animation by Stephen Malinowski.
You can purchase our recording of this track on the “Evening with Bach” CD on iTunes, Amazon and Magnatune


Q: Who is performing?
A: Voices of Music; you can learn more about them here:

Q: What’s the story with these cool animations?
Q: Where can I get free sheet music for this piece?
A: The score in the video can be downloaded from here:
And here’s a piano arrangement of it

Q: What does this have to do with a g-string?
A: The short answer is that many people know it by the name “Air on the G-string,” so I put it in the title to help people find it. You can read more about this here:

Q: What is the real name of this piece?
A: It is the second movement of Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, titled “Aria” (“Air” is the English word for “aria”).

Q: Can you please do a video of _______?
A: Please read this:

Voices of Music
Hanneke van Proosdij & David Tayler, directors
The musicians and their instruments
Carla Moore, baroque violin by Johann Georg Thir, Vienna, Austria, 1754
Maxine Nemerovski, baroque violin by Timothy Johnson, Indiana, 1999 (after Stradivarius)
Elizabeth Blumenstock, baroque violin by Andrea Guarneri, Cremona, 1660
Kati Kyme, baroque violin by Johann Gottlob Pfretzschner, Mittenwald, 1791
Lisa Grodin, baroque viola by Mathias Eberl, Salzburg, Austria, 1680
William Skeen, five string baroque cello, Anonymous, Italy, c1680
Farley Pearce, violone by George Steppani, Manchester, 1985,
after Amati, 1560
David Tayler, archlute by Andreas von Holst, Munich, 2012
after Magno Tieffenbrucker, Venice, c1610
Hanneke van Proosdij, baroque organ by Winold van der Putten, Finsterwolde, Netherlands, 2004, after early 18th-century
northern German instruments


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