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  • Larrytow
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    The version I use, and really like, is from " The Virgil Fox Bach Book ". That was published by The Sacred Music Press in 1973. I cannot find a catalog number on my copy though. The same arrangement is in " The Virgil Fox Legacy " book, also by The Sacred Music Press, published in 1979. That catalog number seems to be KK 276.

    Both of those are likely out of print now, but with the internet ( and patience ) one can find most anything these days.

    If you want simple arrangements of it, there are lots of fake book versions around.

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  • Eby
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    Out of Print ?. Bigg's book is available for purchase from sheetmusicplus and amazon, i have purchased one copy(paperback, awful printing) few years back.

  • Eby
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    There is a simple arrangement for Organ in F !!!!, by Arthur Wildman, this can be downloaded from https://archive.org/details/TheBachB...Music/page/n19

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  • myorgan
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    Interesting read. Of course information is constantly evolving on musical topics, and that makes any definitive information a moving target. The article talked about the parts being played staccato, however, a Baroque staccato is approximately 1/2 the value of the note value. That alone would help propel the piece's forward motion.

    Thanks for the clarification, as I was quoting what my wife (a concert violinist) had related to me. Interesting note: She refuses to play the piece only on the G string, and uses all the strings.

    Michael

  • Steve Freides
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    I was reading the Wiki on this - it suggests that it actually wasn't written for the G-string by Bach, but by an early arranger who dropped the melody an octave.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_on_the_G_String

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  • myorgan
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    Great information, Admin. Thank you for clarifying the process. The preview is a nice feature.

    Michael

  • Admin
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    If you look immediately to the right of Camera icon in the Reply area, you'll see a Link icon. Click it to add the links to the post. Not only will the link appear correctly, but the post will contain a preview of the link target.

  • myorgan
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    Don't forget it was actually written for the G string of a string instrument. That's why i prefer certain keys over others.

    Michael

  • Steve Freides
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    Thanks, everyone. I've started with one of the IMSLP versions and played it through yesterday.

    Interesting that some transcriptions are in D and some are in C. I will have to have a look at the original, just for my own edification.

    -S-

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  • myorgan
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    Sam,

    I've noticed that often happens when copying links from IMSLP. I've had better luck copying the link (as you did), and then writing text to serve as the link text–rather than using the link address as the link text. Unfortunate issue.

    Michael

  • myorgan
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    The version I've found most useful is from the St. Cecilia Series, and I believe the collection is titled: Two Bach Airs. They are listed as God's Time Is Best, and Air (the piece you've requested). Both pieces are quite usable, and I've used them both for church and weddings. If I recall correctly, both arrangements are edited by E. Power Biggs.

    In briefly (very briefly) looking at the IMSLP arrangements, I found them less playable (more complex–too complex?) than the arrangement I mentioned. However, the Karg-Elert recording (mp3) appeared to be similar to the E. Power Biggs version I referenced above.

    Hope that helps.

    Michael

    P.S. I forgot that it is also available in the E. Power Biggs book of organ music put out by H.W. Gray Publications. It has a blue cover and a really bad plastic comb binding.
    Last edited by myorgan; 02-15-2019, 04:57 PM.

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  • samibe
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    Try this link. voet, I think the auto-link messed up on your link (and missed the ending parenthesis).

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  • voet
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    Here is a link to IMSLP Petrucelli Music Library where there are several organ transcriptions available:

    https://imslp.org/wiki/Orchestral_Su...hann_Sebastian)

    Hope this is helpful.

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  • Steve Freides
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    Bach - Air on G String

    Can anyone recommend a transcription of this piece for organ? A collection of similar, relatively easy things suitable for preludes would be great.

    Thanks in advance.

    -S-
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