Prelude from Cello Suite No. 1, BWV 1007 by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) – Prelude edited for guitar in D Major. Originally in G Major for Unaccompanied Cello. The level is around Late-Intermediate (Grade 7). YouTube Video Lesson Link
I’m offering a few editions here: free unfingered edition, fully fingered notation edition, tab edition, and two non-editorial editions of the entire suite so players can compare their scores to the originals. This iconic work is great for performance and also a favourite for gigs and weddings, in particular, the signing. You can also find the tab as a hardcopy in my Classical Guitar Tab book on Amazon. Join the Email Newsletter to get updates on sheet music and lessons.
Free Unfingered Edition (PDF)
Sheet Music or TAB Edition with Fingering (PDF) – Includes notation-only edition, TAB edition.
- Prelude BWV1007 by Bach from Werner Guitar Editions – My dedicated sheet music store.
Free Non-Editorial Score (Entire Suite) – Presented in treble clef and transposed to alternate keys. No fingerings or unnecessary octave transpositions. Useful as a reference, comparison score, a basis for your own arrangement, or a simple clean score for performance. However, I would recommend you look at an editorial edition or consult your teacher if you are not comfortable making informed decisions about Bach on the guitar. I don’t consider this an “edition” at all, just a transposed facsimile.
- Non-Editorial Version: Bach Cello Suite No. 1, D Major
- Non-Editorial Version: Bach Cello Suite No. 1, C Major
Free Cello Score References for errors and bowings/slurs:
For bowings and other reference please see the following editions. Students are highly encouraged to look at bowing for clues as to how they contribution to interpretation, articulation, and motivic and compositional devices used by Bach.
Cello Suites: Bach-Gesellschaft PDF
Bach-Gesellschaft Ausgabe, Band 27.1 (pp.59-94)
Leipzig: Breitkopf & Härtel, 1879. Plate B.W. XXVII (1).
Editor: Alfred Dörffel (1821-1905)
Cello Suites: Anna Magdalena Bach Copy PDF
D B Mus. ms. Bach P 269
Cello Suites: Johann Peter Kellner Copy PDF
Kassel: Bärenreiter, No.5215/5216, 2000.
More versions/editions can be found at: