Johann Sebastian Bach was born on this day in 1685 — to help celebrate the birthday of the king of counterpoint, here’s a little quiz. Can you identify these ten of his works?

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  1. “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” (from Cantata BWV 147)
  2. “Aria” from the Goldberg Variations
  3. “Air on the G String” (Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D Major, mvt. 2)
  4. Toccata in D minor (arranged for Brass Quintet)
  5. “Badinerie” (Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B minor, mvt. 7)
  6. “Erbarme dich, mein Gott” (from St. Matthew Passion)
  7. Prelude from Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major
  8. Minuet in G Major from the Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach
  9. Brandenburg Concerto No. 3, mvt. 1
  10. “Siciliano” (Flute Sonata No. 2 in E flat, mvt. 2)

 

 

 

  1. “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” (from Cantata BWV 147)
  2. “Aria” from the Goldberg Variations
  3. “Air on the G String” (Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D Major, mvt. 2)
  4. Toccata in D minor (arranged for Brass Quintet)
  5. “Badinerie” (Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B minor, mvt. 7)
  6. “Erbarme dich, mein Gott” (from St. Matthew Passion)
  7. Prelude from Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major
  8. Minuet in G Major from the Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach
  9. Brandenburg Concerto No. 3, mvt. 1
  10. “Siciliano” (Flute Sonata No. 2 in E flat, mvt. 2)

 

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