The Brandenburg Concerti
The Brandenburg Concertos are a group of 6 concerti, originally named Six Concertos for Several Instruments, written by Johann Sebastian Bach. Each concerto is made up of 3 - 4 Allegro (fast) and Adagio (slow) movements. Bach gave the composition to the military commander of the town he worked in, around 1721 but he probably composed the 6 concerti earlier. You'd be hard pressed to find a classical musician who didn't think they are some of the best orchestral compositions of the Baroque era! We hope you enjoy the two concerti we have included today.
Take a listen!
Here is the 4th Concerto in G major, performed by the Netherlands Bach Society. Be prepared to want to learn the flute and recorder!
See the Score Come to Life
Looking for something a little different? Here is an animated score of the Concerto no.2 in F major! Watch how the different instruments weave in and out of each other. Can you tell which one is which?
Ready to do some colourful composition? The Chrome Music Lab is a colourful and inviting place for kids to experiment and make a song they can share with everyone. Enjoy!
Meet the Composer!
Johann Sebastian Bach is one of the most important composers of all time. His music continues to inspire musicians all over the world! Watch this fun and informative animated puppet show to learn about Bach and hear more of his music.
The Brandenburg Concerti are a must know for any musician or music lover! These 6 pieces encompass the various styles and instrumental combinations popular during the Baroque period. If you didn't already know, Baroque music dominated the Western world from 1600 to 1750. Bach is considered one of the greatest composers of this time and his death marks the end of this era of music. These concerti are a perfect music history lesson, as they are considered the pinnacle of Baroque style, and all you need to do is sit back and enjoy!