WEDNESDAY, October 9, 2019
Famous for 289 years…
The Air on a G string, from Bach’s third Orchestral Suite in D major, is one of the most famous pieces of music ever written. You will hear it frequently are weddings and funerals, both to celebrate life and death.
This is a very modern version, soft, full string section. The whole orchestral suite is around 19 minutes long, but this one section is the famous part. A purest would prefer what Bach wrote, exactly with the right number of soloists. But to be honest, this is what I prefer. Let me know which one you like best.
Same thing, but this time with original instruments.
Notice that the tuning is lower, down about 1/2 step. Old instruments were tuned lower. This would be close to what was performed in Bach’s time. This probably historically accurate, and it is well played. But for me, a non-string player, I find it a bit dry.
Finally Bach’s complete Third Orchestral Suite in D Major…
This contains the movement known today as “Air on a G String”. I enjoy watching the players, and there is a huge amount of energy. I think it’s a good video to watch.