AIR ON THE G-STRING

Latest update on 21/03/2017

Artist: Johann Sebastian Bach
Author: Johann Sebastian Bach
Year: 1717

From his Orchestra Suite N°3 in D major (BWV 1068). Composed while Bach worked as Thomaskantor in Leipzig. Based upon a melody of 16th Century composer Hans Sachs (1494-1576), who figures in Wagner's Die Meistersänger von Nürnberg.

Covers:

1904:

Fritz Kreisler

1909:

Karol Gregorowicz

1912:

Paul Payan [as Prière]

1915:

Pablo Casals

1929:

Willem Mengelberg [with the New York Philharmonic Symphony Orch. and in '37 with the Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orkest]

1934:

Doris Humphrey

1936:

Wilhelm Kempff

1966:

Modern Jazz Quartet

1966:

Scorpions [as L'Ombre du noir]

1967:

Procol Harum [in A Whiter Shade Of Pale; n°1 UK, B, NL; 39 years later singer Gary Brooker and keyboard man Matthew Fisher still fought out a royalty case over the organ part in court, won by the latter with no Bach heir in sight]

1967:

Everly Brothers

1967:

Nicoletta [as Les Orgues d'antan]

1967:

César et les Romains [as Le Jour du dernier jour]

1968:

Walter Carlos [on Switched-On Bach]

1968:

Herd [as Sad]

1969:

Ekseption

1969:

Colosseum [as Beware The Ides Of March]

1972:

Apollo 100

1984:

O'chi Brown [hit NL as A Whiter Shade Of Pale]

1989:

Justin Hayward [with the London Philharmonic Orch.]

1992:

Yo-Yo Ma [with Bobby McFerrin]

1995:

Annie Lennox

1997:

Sweetbox [in Everything's Gonna Be Alright; hit UK, B & NL]

2003:

Brave Combo [as Fear]

German violinist August Wilhelmj lowered Bach's melody to the G-string, the lowest tone on the violin. Procol Harum used this arrangement without credits.

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