Bach’s Prelude in D minor, BWV 999 (Free PDF)

Prelude BWV999 by Bach for Guitar - Free Sheet Music or Tab

Prelude in D minor BWV 999 (orig. in C minor) by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) – Edited for guitar in D minor. The level is mid to late intermediate (Grade 7). Here is a free sheet music edition of Bach’s Prelude in D minor BWV999. Originally for lute in C minor it adapts nicely to guitar. I’ve added fingering throughout to help students. I’ve also made a tablature (tab) version for purchase. It was likely written on lute- harpsichord (lautenwerk), an uncommon instrument, and so it became popularly known as a Lute Suite.  The first appearance of the work was found in a collection of keyboard works collected by Johann Peter Kellner (1705-1772). That said, the Prelude aspect of the work is certainly in a style common to lutes works of the era. 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 Sheet Music Edition (Fingered)

Free Unfingered Edition

TAB Edition (PDF)

Video Performances and Lessons

Videos from My YouTube and Uros Baric


Help Support the Site


Support the site. You're reading one of the most popular independent classical guitar publications online. The website, newsletter, and lessons are available to everyone for free. But it’s difficult and expensive work. Corporations and social media have caused falling revenues across the web making it increasingly challenging for independent publishers. If you value the website, newsletter, free lessons, or sheet music, please consider offering your support to keep its future sustainable and secure. – Bradford Werner


3 Comments

  1. Thank you for a truly superb lesson on BWV 999 Brad. I’ve just started working on this piece and your instruction is extremely helpful. Warm regards, Mark

Leave a Reply