List of orchestral works by Johann Sebastian Bach

Orchestral works by Johann Sebastian Bach refers to the compositions in the eleventh chapter of the Bach-Werke-Verzeichnis (BWV, catalogue of Bach's compositions),[1] or, in the New Bach Edition, the compositions in Series VII.[2]


Violin concertos (BWV 1041–1043)

Triple concerto (BWV 1044)

Opening movement for a cantata, for violin and orchestra (BWV 1045)

Brandenburg concertos (BWV 1046–1051)

Keyboard concertos (BWV 1052–1065)

Reconstructed concertos

Each reconstructed concerto is created after the harpsichord concerto for the presumed original instrument. Such reconstructions are commonly referred to as, for example, BWV 1052R (where the R stands for 'reconstructed').

Other reconstructions and completions of BWV 1059 have for instance been indicated as BWV 1059,[3] or BWV 1059a.[4]

Suites (BWV 1066–1070)

Further information: Orchestral suites (Bach)

Sinfonia (BWV 1071)

Cantata sections gaining currency as a stand-alone orchestral piece


Bach's orchestrations

Bach transformed pieces for solo instrument or chamber ensemble into orchestral pieces:

Orchestrations of fugal works

Part 1

Part 2
Stokowski's orchestration of Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565, performed by himself conducting the Philadelphia Orchestra in the late 1920s

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Several of Bach's organ pieces and other fugal works were arranged for (symphonic) orchestra:


  1. (BWV2a) Alfred Dürr, Yoshitake Kobayashi (eds.), Kirsten Beißwenger. Bach Werke Verzeichnis: Kleine Ausgabe, nach der von Wolfgang Schmieder vorgelegten 2. Ausgabe. Preface in English and German. Wiesbaden: Breitkopf & Härtel, 1998. ISBN 3765102490 - ISBN 978-3765102493, pp. 424–436
  2. The New Bach Edition – Series VII: Orchestral Works at the Bärenreiter website
  3. Igor Kipnis, The London Strings, Neville Mariner. Bach: The Harpsichord Concertos. CBS 1989
  4. 1 2 3 4 5 6 André Isoir, Le Parlement de Musique, Martin Gester. Johann Sebastian Bach: L'oeuvre pour orgue et orchestre. Calliope 1993
  5. 1 2 3 Alfred Dörffel. "Statistik der Concerte im Saale des Gewandhauses zu Leipzig" in Geschichte der Gewandhausconcerte zu Leipzig vom 25. November 1781 bis 25. November 1881: Im Auftrage der Concert-Direction verfasst. Leipzig, 1884 – p. 3
  6. Bach, Johann Sebastian / TOCCATA & FUGUE, D MINOR, BWV 565 (ARR. Skrowaczewski) at
  7. Bach-Leonardi: Orchestral Arrangements/Transcriptions of Bach's Works by Leonidas Leonardi at
  8. Rollin Smith. Stokowski and the Organ, p. 161. Pendragon Press, 2004 ISBN 978-1-57647-103-6
  9. BACH, J. S. (arr. Melichar) at
  10. Ormandy Conducts Bach Orchestral Transcriptions – PASC211 at
  11. Bach-Sevitzky: Arrangements/Transcriptions of Bach's Works by Fabien Sevitzky at
  12. J. S. Bach: Toccata and Fugue in D Minor orchestrated by René Leibowitz at
  13. Bach-Cailliet: Arrangements/Transcriptions of Bach's Works by Lucien Cailliet at
  14. Bach-Vuataz arrangements on
  15. Strauss, Joseph N. (1986), "Recompositions by Schoenberg, Stravinsky and Webern", Musical Quarterly, LXXII: 301–427, doi:10.1093/mq/lxxii.3.301
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