Bach, J S
1 min 36 secs
Flute, oboe, clarinets in B flat , French horn in F and bassoon
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Johann Sebastian Bach, 1674 -1707, strode like a colossus amongst the musicians of the baroque era. His was one of the most prolific musicians and composers to have lived as there are over 1 000 pieces of his music that have survived into the present. He was innovative as well, introducing the ideas of writing for a modern piano and the concept of a piano concerto. His most well known pieces include the Art of Fugue, St Matthew Passion, The Well Tempered Clavier, the cello suites and the Brandenburg concertos. The Badinerie was one of many works he wrote for solo instrument and small ensembles, this piece being made well known by the flautist, James Galway. It comes from Orchestral suite no 2 and this arrangement has been placed in the simpler key of A minor rather that the original B minor.