Bach’s Arioso was arranged in many different forms by the composer. First written as a Violin or Oboe Concerto in G minor, now lost, it was then transposed and re-used as the Sinfonia to the Cantata BWV 156 in F major, first performed in 1729. A much embellished version was then used as the middle movement of his Harpsichord Concerto in F minor BWV 1056, published in 1738. It has been arranged here for Flute with Piano accompaniment by George Barrère.
J. S. Bach (1685-1750) was a German Baroque composer who is revered for the originality and skill of his contrapuntal and harmonic techniques. He spent most of his life working as an organist and choirmaster, but was also employed as a composer a many different Royal Courts.