When it comes to the Baroque era of music, one of the best was saved for last. Johann Sebastian Bach’s life fell as the era of harpsichords was coming to an end and the classical era was beginning. Because he composed so near this transition, his work was soon deemed “old fashioned” by many. However, a resurgence in his popularity in the 19th century cemented his reputation as one of the greatest composers of all time.
One of Bach’s most revered traits is the technical and structural excellence of his pieces. This does not mean, however, that his work is a collection of dispassionate exercises. His work is also known for its beauty. His many sacred works are thought to be the fruit of a sincere faith and not simply part of his job as a church organist.
Such a combination of artistry and technicality makes Bach’s work essential for the well-rounded piano student. The continuous flow of Baroque music challenges students to be consistent and steady, with careful attention to fingering and the interplay between the right and left hand. While there are a few piano sheet music arrangements available for beginners, the technical complexity of Bach’s work makes him a better fit for intermediate students and beyond.
Minuet in G for Easy/Level 1 Piano Solo
Musette in D for Easy/Level 1 Piano Solo
Aria from Suite in D for Intermediate/Level 3 Piano Solo
Toccata in D Minor for Intermediate/Level 3 Piano Solo
May the Sheep Freely Graze for Intermediate/Level 4 Piano Solo
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring for Intermediate/Level 5 Piano Solo
Minuet in D Minor for Intermediate/Level 5 Piano Solo
Minuet in G (1) for Intermediate/Level 5 Piano Solo
Minuet in G (2) for Intermediate/Level 5 Piano Solo
Minuet in G Minor for Intermediate/Level 5 Piano Solo
Musette in D for Intermediate/Level 5 Piano Solo
Siciliano for Intermediate/Level 5 Piano Solo
Toccata in D Minor for Intermediate/Level 5 Piano Solo
If you plan to make Bach a regular in your rotation of piano lesson assignments, or if you have students with an affinity for his music, you can also get a whole collection of Bach’s greatest pieces arranged for intermediate piano.
Aria from Suite in D
Minuet in G
Toccata in D Minor (Easy)
Minuet in G Minor
Minuet in D Minor
Minuet in G
Musette in D
Sheep May Safely Graze
Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring
Toccata in D Minor (Original)
If you want to challenge your students technically while exposing them to a formative musical era and a timeless composer, the music of Bach is just what you need.
Meet the Composer
Johann Sebastian Bach was born in Eisenach, Germany in 1685. As a child, Bach’s father taught him to play violin and harpsichord. His uncles were all musicians, serving as church organists and court chamber musicians. One of his uncles, Johann Christoph Bach, introduced him to the art of organ playing. Read More
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