Johann Sebastian Bach 1685 – 1750 was a German composer, organist, harpsichordist, violist, and violinist of the Baroque Period. He enriched many established German styles through his skill in counterpoint, harmonic and motivic organisation, and the adaptation of rhythms, forms, and textures from abroad, particularly from Italy and France. Portrait of Bach by Haussmann, 1748
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.