Air by Bach - The "Air" was written by Johann Sebastian Bach as the 3. Suite for Orchestra (D-Major; BWV 1068) for his patron Prince Leopold of Anhalt some time between the years 1717 and 1723. The "Air on the G String" is an adaptation by August Wilhelmj of the Air and is played with the violin (& the piano originally). The Air on the G String was the very first work by Bach to be recorded. This was by the Russian cellist Aleksandr Verzhbilovich and an unknown pianist in 1902.
Books and Art: Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 - 1750), German musician and composer playing the organ, circa 1725. From a print in the British Museum. Bach was a virtuoso organist, violinist, violist, harpsichordist and is today better known as a world renowned composer from the Baroque period of Western Classical Music. Admired by countless composers such as Mozart and Beethoven, Bach is described as one of the founding fathers of Classical Music.