Brandenburg Concerto No. 3
The set of six concerti, presented by Johann Sebastian Bach to Christian Ludwig, the Margrave of Brandenburg in 1721, remain some of the most frequently performed and beloved compositions of the Baroque era. Written during a happy period in Bach's life, while serving as the Music Director (or Kapellmeister) of Coethen and writing music for the Court, the concerti show the light side of Bach's genius. Interestingly, each of the six concerti require a different combination of instruments and different featured instruments; all requiring virtuosos. Although Classical 91.5 listeners requested all of the six concerti during our 40 for 40 celebration, numbers 2 and 3 were mentioned most often; so today we hear No. 3.