Air on the G string – Bach

A gentle, and beautiful piece, good for generating a calm atmosphere.
Those of a certain age may recognise this as the music from the Hamlet ad - from the days when tobacco advertising was still allowed. The situation went wrong, for example, the bride didn't turn up at the wedding, and the groom relaxed with a Hamlet cigar and the feeling that everything will be alright, because he still has the cigar! For that reason, I usually play this piece when the bride is 20 minutes or more late. It usually gets a giggle.

Originally for string orchestra

approx 5 minutes

Forces required

Air on the G string (from the Orchestral Suite No. 3) by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Bach-Bearbitungen für Orgel - Sigfrid Karg-Elert, published by Edition Breitkopf 8532, 1989.