Johann Sebastian Bach

The Story of the Brandenburg Concertos

When Johann Sebastian Bach sent a set of six concertos to the Margrave of Brandenburg -- a German official -- the Margrave probably never even looked at the music. Bach called his pieces "concertos for a variety of instruments," because each one calls for a different instrumental combination.

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Music In This Episode

Brandenburg Concerto No. 5

Brandenburg Concerto No. 1, third movement

Brandenburg Concerto No. 3, first movement

Brandenburg Concerto No. 6, third movement

Brandenburg Concerto No. 4, first movement, third movement

Brandenburg Concerto No. 2, first movement