This masterpiece by Bach is commonly referred to as “Air on on the G string”, because of a widely known arrangement by german violinist August Wilhelmj, who transposed the piece down from it’s original key of D major to C major, so the first “signature” note became G (“sol”). As a result of the immense popularity of the piece, “on the G string” remained it’s common name, whether or not the solo instrument playing on its G string was involved.
HomeOrchestra arrangements of classical music standards is a very desirable addition to a school orchestra repertoire. It allows to choose a member of any group – keyboards, strings, woodwinds or brass – and give them an unprecedented opportunity to shine as a soloist of a symphonic orchestra from the youngest age!
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Credits: Valentin Nikurashin, oboe / “Gnessin Virtuosi” Youth Orchestra /Mikhail Khokhlov, conductor