The Minuet in G major is a keyboard piece included in the 1725 Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach. Until 1970 it was attributed to Johann Sebastian Bach, but it is now universally attributed to Christian Petzold. It is a 32-measure piece primarily in the key of G major, but measures 20-23 are in D major.
The Minuet in G major is found in the 1725 Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach, where it appears with its companion piece, Minuet in G minor, as a pair to be performed da capo. The notebook in question, which belonged to Johann Sebastian Bach’s second wife Anna Magdalena, is a compilation of music by various composers of the late 17th and early 18th century, including François Couperin, Georg Böhm, Johann Sebastian Bach himself and possibly some of his sons.
Most of the entries in the 1725 notebook were made by Anna Magdalena herself, and a few were contributed by Johann Sebastian and various friends of the Bach family. Only a few composers are identified in the notebook. The Minuet in G major and its companion are two of the many anonymous works included. In the 1970s the Minuet in G major was identified as a piece.
The melody from the 1965 pop song “A Lover’s Concerto”, written by American songwriters Sandy Linzer and Denny Randell, was based on the Minuet in G major. The song was recorded by the girl group The Toys and reached number 2 in the US Billboard Hot 100 and number 5 in the UK Singles Chart. “A Lover’s Concerto” sold more than two million copies and was awarded gold record certification by the R.I.A.A. Willie Nelson recorded a version in 1975 during the “Red Headed Stranger” sessions, but this version was not released for a long time. (source Wikipedia)
Our version has been transposed into C major.
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