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J.S. Bach's Prelude from Cello Suite 1 (BWV 1007 in D) for Classical Guitar - Music, Tab and Sheet Music

Updated on June 4, 2012


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. You can read a biography of Bach on Wikipedia here. One of his most famous works for the guitar is the Prelude in D Major from Cello Suite 1. Wikipedia has a great article Bach's Six Suites for Unaccompanied Cello. Here is how the Prelude sounds on Guitar.

While playing the first few measures of the piece is fun and fairly easy, the Prelude as a whole is quite difficult! The Royal Conservatory of Music lists it as Grade 7, which means that a student would be expected to have several years of lessons under their belt before attempting to play and perform the whole piece. For reference, here is a video of the world famous cellist Yo-Yo Ma playing the piece on Cello. It's fun to contrast the piece on two instruments! If you are attempting to learn this piece, then I recommend using the following references for sheet music and tab. Additionally, you might want to pick up a professional recording of the piece played on both the cello and guitar.


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      Derdriu 5 years ago

      Ari, What marvelous, memorable, monumental performances of the prelude in D from the first Bach cello suite! In fact it's the original instrument which I tend to prefer. But the transcription worked so well in performance that I chose to support such a quality rendition.

      Thank you, voted up + all,


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      Ari Lamstein 7 years ago from San Francisco, CA

      I'm glad that you enjoyed my Hub Jon. I recently wrote numerous Hubs on Bach's Guitar music. They all include free videos, tab and sheet music. I hope that you enjoy them all!

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      Jon Green 7 years ago from Frome, Somerset, UK

      Hi - some great music here, very nice hub. I also love Rodrigo's work, but Bach is the best!