J.S. Bach's Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue on Classical Guitar - Music, Tab and Sheet Music

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Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) was one of the greatest composers of all time. His death in 1750 is generally considered to be the end of the Baroque era in music history. One of his most famous works is the Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue, which was originally written for Harpsichord.  My favorite recording of this piece is by Wanda Landowska.

Bach's Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue, Performed by Wanda Landowka (Part 1)

Part 2

Transcription for Guitar

There have recently been some transcriptions of this piece for guitar.  Here is an excellent recording by Jorge Caballero

Bach's Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue on Classical Guitar (Part 1/3)

Part 2/3

Part 3/3


The only recording that I know of this piece is by Philip Hii, made in 1995.  I own this CD and love it.

Philip Hii's recording of Bach's Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue

Tab and Sheet Music for Bach's Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue

If you are a guitarist who is interested in playing this piece, then you might be interested in the following links.

If you are interested in the sheet music (standard notation) for this work, then I recommend purchasing Philip Hii's transcription. It is available from Guitar Solo Publications (GSP).


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Derdriu 5 years ago

Ari Lamstein, What careful, impassioned, masterly performances of Bach's chromatic fantasy and fugue! Generally, I tend to like the original instrument for which a composition was written. But the guitar playing is so moving that I'm voting up the guitar over the harpsichord.

Thank you, voted up + all,


Sofia 4 years ago

Do you happen to know what transcription is Jorge Caballero playing? is it his own?

Thank you!

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Ari Lamstein 4 years ago from San Francisco, CA Author

Hi Sofia,

I am not sure which transcription Jorge Caballero is using in that video. But my guess is that it is his own. Many professional guitarists use their own transcriptions. However, if you are interested in purchasing a reputable transcription, I recommend following the link above to Philip Hii's transcription.


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