J. S. Bach on the Wire-strung Harp This instrument is NOT just for Irish tunes and Renaissance Faires!!

J. S. Bach

Hier haben wir den Kapellmeister, Herrn Johann Sebastian Bach. Wir hören nicht so gerne, dass die irische Drahtharfe von manchen immer wieder als “Renaissance Faire” instrument bezeichnet wird. Nein! Wir spielen, soli Deo gloria!

On my new Argent Fox double strung harp with a full set of Truitt sharping levers, it is possible to play the organ works of J. S. Bach, with minimal modifications. There are some excellent harp arrangements already out there, arranged for lever harp, that are very suitable for this particular harp.

Here they are:

Arrangements by Rhett Barnwell:

Arioso from Cantata BWV 156

Bist Du Bei Mir from the Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach, BWV 508

Bouree No. I from Suite No. 3 for Violoncello Solo, BWV 1009

Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring from Cantata BWV 147
arranged by Rhett Barnwell

Prelude No. 1 from the “Well-Tempered Clavier”, Book 1, BWV 846
arranged by Rhett Barnwell

Sheep May Safely Graze from Cantata BWV 208

Sleepers, Awake from Cantata BWV 140 “Wachet auf ruft uns die Stimme”

These are available at

Nice beginner arrangements by Kitty M.Y. Leung:

Air on the G String from Orchestral Suite No. 3
Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 (first movement theme)
Sheep May Safely Graze

These are available at SheetMusicPlus.com