Click to enlargeArioso (organ solo)

If there is background music in heaven, perhaps this piece is in heavy rotation. It is hard to think of any music that is easier to lose yourself in than that of J. S. Bach, and it is hard to think of any Bach piece that is more true of than this one.

Virgil Fox used to play this piece when he did his "heavy organ" concerts, and while he was a little more free with the timing than is evident in the midi rendering, his overall concept was a good one. Basically, he eliminated the arpeggiated accompaniment and allowed the melody to flow over a simple background of sustained chords.

In this arrangement, we find a similar approach. The melody is so compelling that there is little reason to embellish the accompaniment. The organ simply does not lend itself to apreggio-style accompaniments as does say, the harp or the guitar. So we present a sedate and mature rendering of the Bach's Arioso, suitable for weddings or other occasions where something dignified and flowing is needed. Oh, and it's also quite beautiful.

You Tube Video incorporating a recording of this piece by organist Willem Lobbezoo as its sound track.

MP3 sound sample: Entire piece (synthesizer/midi).

J. S. Bach's ARIOSO, arranged for solo organ by Tom Kirkland, comes in a PDF file of 1008K that contains a three page score and a license page, four pages in all. Performance time should be around 3:00. The piece can be shortened by beginning with the second page.

The majority of our sheet music pieces use electronically-produced demos on the item pages. We would much prefer to use actual recordings, so if you email us a digital recording or link to an online video and we end up using it as a demo on our site (fully credited), we will send you a coupon code good for US$25 toward your next purchase from our site.

Many of our sheet music licenses state that the purchaser does not have the right to record the work. We have modified our policy on this, and unless the license page states that you must obtain permission from a party other than to record the work, we will allow a small number (less than 50) of copies of an audio or video recording of a live performance to be made and distributed and/or posted to a free web site for viewing/listening, so long as, the composer, arranger, and lyricist are credited.


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