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Bach, J.S. : Aria in D minor, BWV 515 -- Urtext
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Bach : Pieces in Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach (1725)

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Aria in D minor, BWV 515 -- Urtext

Bach, Johann Sebastian (1685-1750)

An easy aria in the minor mode from Anna Magdalena Bach's Notebook!   

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Includes : One solo score (1 page)

Difficulty level : Grade 2/12

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Program Notes on Aria in D minor, BWV 515 -- Urtext by Bach, J.S. :

This famous Aria in D minor, BWV 515 is hte 20th entry in Anna Magdalena Bach's Notebook.

Johann Sebastian Bach gave this notebook to his wife Anna Magdalena in 1725.

Over the following years, the notebook was filled with favorite selections of the members of the Bach family.

This aria is also known as the Pipe Aria, as it is based on the poem Erbauliche Gedanken eines Tobackrauchers [Enlightening Thoughts of a Tobacco Smoker].

This Aria was composed during the Baroque period.

It has a simple A-A-B-B form :
  • Mm. 1-8 : Part A (played twice) in the key of D minor, modulating to F Major in measure 5
  • Mm. 9-16 : Part B (played twice) starts in C Major, modulating back to D minor in measure 11
Please take note of the following points concerning the Baroque period performance practice appropriate for this Aria :
  • Most quarter notes in both the left and right hands should be played slightly detached
  • Cadential trills are required in measures 7 and 15, even though not indicated by Bach
  • These cadential trills are to start ON the beat, on the upper note
  •  For better clarity, the editor has included in this score a suggestion for the proper realization of each one of these two cadential trills in smaller print
Please note also that the dotted slur in measure 14 is editorial as it does not appear in the autograph.

Sources :

Johann Sebastian Bach, Pieces from the Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach [Notenbüchlein für Anna Magdalena Bach] (1725).

Associated collections :

Baroque Sheet Music for Piano (Grade 2)     Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach    

Sheet music details :


(So oft ich meine Tobackspfeife - Enlightening Thoughts of a Tobacco Smoker - Pipe aria)
ComposerBach, Johann Sebastian (1685-1750) Opus/catalog numberBWV 515
MovementsAria Composition/First publication1725
InstrumentationPiano StyleBaroque (1600-1750)
KeyD minor Duration01:04
EditionUrtext (ed. M.A. Caux) DifficultyGrade 2/12

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