Note: I really mean CELLO version! I'm sure I've heard it, but starting to think I imagine it.

It's also called 'Prelude and Fugue No.1 in C Major, BWM 846'.

I believe it's the warm-up piece Bach wrote for his students to prepare for the Well Tempered Clavier, but could be wrong.


Pieter Wispelwey recorded a version with Richard Egarr on an album called "Gamba Sonatas" for the label Channel Classics.


Wikipedia for The Well-Tempered Clavier lists an Ave Maria by Gounod, based on the Prelude, for piano & cello, but I can't find anything else

  • Thanks, Tetsujin. It's good, but it's not what I'm after. – Astravagrant May 31 '15 at 10:13

I realise this topic is pretty dusty but I personally found the recording by Yo-Yo Ma to be very enjoyable.

  • Artist: Yo-Yo Ma
  • Album: Bach: Cello Suites Nos. 1, 5, 6
  • Title: Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007: Prélude

Links: - Spotify: https://goo.gl/AJVt8W - iTunes: I'm not allowed to post more links, but you'll find it here.

If you want to see something truly remarkable, check this experiment by Astronaut Don Pettit (twitter.com/astro_pettit) featuring this cello version in space. I have not found another high-quality version of this but on the "SmarterEveryDay" - YouTube channel. While I can recommend the entire video, here's a link to the specific part where the title is played: https://goo.gl/vOS8MU

Best regards, Philipp.

  • 2
    While this is a "Prelude No. 1" so to speak, this is actually a different piece; OP was referring to the first prelude of the Well-Tempered Clavier, whereas this is the first prelude from the six cello suites. Note the BWV number in the OP (846) and the BWV for the cello suite (1007). – Richard Apr 13 '17 at 9:21
  • Still a terrific recording though! – Richard Apr 13 '17 at 9:21

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