Bach Cello Suite No.1, BWV 1007 (Free PDFs)

Prelude from Cello Suite No. 1, BWV 1007 by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Prelude edited for guitar in D Major by Bradford Werner
Originally in G Major for Unaccompanied Cello
Level: Late-Intermediate (Grade 7)
YouTube Video Lesson (4K)

I’m offering three things here: the Prelude for 1007 (free notes or TAB), 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 favorite for gigs and weddings, in particular, the signing. Join the Email Newsletter to get updates on free sheet music and more. Please consider supporting the site to keep the free sheet music coming. 

Free Notation Only PDF Edition of the Prelude 

TAB Edition (PDF Download): $3.99

Werner Guitar Editions is my dedicated store for free and premium guitar editions. Includes instant access to PDFs, the best security, search functionality, and payment options. – Bradford Werner



Non-editorial score with no fingerings or additions (entire suite).
Presented in treble clef and transposed to alternate keys. 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.

These seem to be the most workable keys but leave a comment below if you want it in a different key and we’ll see.

Modern Editions with fingers and editorial arranging (Amazon & Sheet Music Plus):

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 
Manuscript, n.d.
Public Domain
D B Mus. ms. Bach P 269

Cello Suites: Johann Peter Kellner Copy PDF
Manuscript, n.d.(ca.1726).
Kassel: Bärenreiter, No.5215/5216, 2000.
Public Domain

More versions/editions can be found at:,BWV_1007-1012(Bach,_Johann_Sebastian)


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  1. Thanks so much for the transcriptions. I just learned the 1st suite, Prelude (in C). I was listening to Rostropovich playing it, and heard a disagreement at measure 26. I was going to comment and let you know that you made an error, but then I Googled it and discovered that your version is correct, and the error was his (based on a commonly accepted edition). Thanks again.

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